We’ve got a ‘pretty scary batting line-up’, says Stuart Broad

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“I’m really excited to captain this group of players because they are a group of players that always want to improve and I think you need that in international cricket”

Issuing a warning to Australia ahead of their Twenty20 series and the other nations that will be participating in the upcoming World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad has announced that his side have a “pretty scary batting line-up”.

However, for the moment, Broad will be looking to unleash his “pretty scary batting line-up” on Australia and leave the country with a series win.

“We’ve got some unbelievable strikers in our side,” Broad said. “If we can lay a platform with the likes of Lumb, Hales, Wright – and see how they strike a ball – then you’ve got Morgan and Buttler coming in. It’s a pretty scary batting line up. I’d imagine the three games are going to be pretty exciting to watch and hopefully we can let our skills to do the talking because, if we do, I think there’ll be some high scores.”

Broad also noted that he was excited about having big-hitters like Luke Wright and Michael Lumb in his squad as they have both been in outstanding form in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL).

However, Broad is also confident that pace bowler Jade Dernbach will have a huge impact during the series, even though he has not played a lot of cricket as of late.

“Jade’s the only one who’s not played a lot of cricket but all the guys have been moving and playing so that’s really good,” Broad said. “And there’s a confidence as well; Morgan’s been scoring runs, Buttler’s been scoring runs and Wright’s probably been one of the standout players in the Big Bash. There’s a lot of confidence going into this series, and we know T20’s a big confidence game. If you believe you can hit the ball over the ropes then generally you do.

“I’m really excited to captain this group of players because they are a group of players that always want to improve and I think you need that in international cricket. But also a group of players who are not shy and are not scared to take the brave options.”

Broad also refused to get baited into talking about the ongoing rumours about batsman Kevin Pietersen not being included in England’s World Twenty20 squad.

“I think you can see from my position it would be hard to comment on that with the team I’ve got in that changing room with a T20 coming tomorrow to win here,” he said. “The focus is purely on what we do in Australia and once we’ve got these three games, and hopefully a series win, under our belt we can focus on planning more on the World Twenty20.”

However, Broad was more than happy to talk about the reception he has received around Australia throughout the series after he refused to walk during the last Ashes series in July.

“It’s actually a bit disappointing now – it’s getting less and less,” Broad said. “You have to really listen for them now. In Brisbane I thought if it continued like that I wouldn’t have any ear drums left. To be fair it’s been quite good fun; I’ve enjoyed it and enjoyed the banter with the crowd. It’s not been frightful general, abuse. I feel like I’ve embraced it okay, it’s not really affected my performance particularly, I don’t think. And there are not many people in the world who can say they’ve been called a “W” word by 40,000 people. So, I’ve got that one.”

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