Broad admits to England’s failings
England T20 captain Stuart Broad gave an honest and frank assessment of his side’s display in the World Cup in Sri Lanka, where they crashed out at the Super Eights stage.
England travelled to the sub-continent as the defending champions but never really got going, their thumping win over Afghanistan in their opening game proving to be a false dawn. Certainly punters who bet on cricket have kept their money away from England markets, backing instead the likes of Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
A record 90 run defeat to India was a more accurate pre-cursor of what was about to come, with the England upper order consistently failing to get to grips with the Sri Lankan pitches. They lost early wickets again against the West Indies – two in the first over to be precise – something that can cost you dear in the shortest form of the game.
A win against New Zealand gave them a fleeting chance of making the semi-finals, but in truth the team had never really hit form and so supporters who watch cricket online live viewed the defeat against hosts Sri Lanka in their final Super Eights game as an inevitability.
The looming shadow of Kevin Pietersen was also never far away, with an inexperienced batting line-up struggling to cope and failing to give the bowlers a platform to go on and secure victory.
Their old troubles with the power play also continued, meaning they were always behind the play after the first six crucial overs.
Speaking after the defeat in Pallekelle Broad conceded that his team had just not hit the heights they needed to in order to keep their grip on their only ICC trophy, won in such style two years ago.
“We can look at missed opportunities but over the whole tournament we have not been good enough,” he admitted.
“What you get with young guys is some days absolute brilliance and other days a bit of averageness and I think as a team over the past three weeks we have shown a bit of both.”