• Sunday, August 31, 2014

Broad counting on momentum

Sports Reporter

Of the eight top-ranked nations that have gained direct entry to the Super 10s of World Twenty20, England, the 2010 champions, are the team who will have questions hanging over them as they are a team in flux post the 5-0 Ashes hammering earlier this year.
Lots of key personnel -- Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann among them -- are not in the picture anymore. But they have got one of the more combative cricketers in the game at the helm, and skipper Stuart Broad was in no mood to cede ground before the tournament had even started.
"I think our build up -- we've been in the Caribbean for two and a half weeks -- has been good. We didn't play just T20 cricket, but we had the group of 15-16 guys together working on specific skills we wanted to help to improve here in Bangladesh.
"I think the thing about T20 World Cup tournaments is it's all about the momentum in that particular two-and-a-half or three weeks," said Broad in a pre-tournament press conference at a city hotel yesterday.
Despite being out of their element -- England are not traditionally known to be good players of spin -- Broad is banking on the importance of momentum.
"In subcontinent conditions you'd probably expect a subcontinent team to be in the final and take victory, but we know deep down that in this England side we've got some really good match winners, and we only need one or two of those boys to really grab the tournament by the scruff of the neck and suddenly you find yourself in the semifinals or final," he said.
With players like Pietersen and Swann no longer with them, England seem a side light on experience. "I don't think the lack of experience is a problem. We haven't got guys who've played a lot of international T20 cricket, but you get the likes of Michael Lumb coming in who've played a huge amount of domestic T20 cricket around the world and Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright and Ravi [Bopara] who were over here in Bangladesh in October, November I think.


"I've always believed you need eight or nine guys to have a really good game to win a Test match, but in T20 you need two, three maximum."

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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