Home > News >

ICC World T20 2014: Stuart Broad ducks questions on Kevin Pietersen

Stuart Broad © Getty Images
Stuart Broad admitted England are a different side now compared to the one six months ago © Getty Images

Dhaka: Mar 17, 2014

England‘s T20 captain Stuart Broad wasn’t very forthcoming on answering questions about the controversial sacking of batsman Kevin Pietersen as he evaded the query giving a completely roundabout reply.

When asked about how much the issue of Pietersen, whose international career came to a dramatic end following England’s dismal Ashes tour of Australia, and sudden retirement of Graeme Swann has affected the team, Broad said, “Lack of experience is not a problem. We don’t have too many experienced T20 players, but there are lot of them who play Tests and ODIs.”

“You have Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan and Luke Wright, who have played in T20 leagues all over the world,” the skipper went on a different tangent even refusing to utter the word ‘KP’.

Broad did agree that this current T20 squad is “slightly different from what it was some six months ago”.

“We have guys who are keen to learn. There are some, who can stand up and deliver like Bopara, Morgan and Alex Hales, who recently was the No.1 T20 batsman in ICC rankings [currently No 2]. In Test matches, you do need 8-9 guys to perform but not in T20. In T20′s, you can win a match with even one or two players. In a Test match, you get a whole morning session to adapt but in a T20 game, you have to communicate in just one over,” he said.

Since they play India in a warm-up game, he was questioned about his thoughts on the current Indian side.

“Everytime, we come up against India, you think about the the amount of IPL [Indian Premier League] cricket these guys have played. They adapt very quickly to the conditions where there is no bounce. We have to see how their bowlers come hard at us during Powerplays.”

Broad was asked a specific question about how difficult it is to gell as a unit in T20 Internationals, which are rare compared to franchise-based leagues.

“Our build up in the Carribean has been good as we just didn’t play T20 cricket only but we stayed as a group of 15 or 16 players together. We worked on specific skills which we hope to execute during the tournament. So it’s been a good build up,” he said.

The England captain also stressed on team spirit and bonding which has been the key for this current side.

“The guys have been in great spirits and have been really excited about getting here. As an England side that plays three different formats, the side changes. But a lot of these guys have spent a lot of time together. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and energy around the guys for this World Cup and that’s what you need.”

Broad was coming into the tournament with a sore knee and would only play in the second warm-up against India on March 19.

“I had an injection on my knee last week. Generally, it takes eight to ten days. But we left Barbados on Friday and got here on Monday. I’m not playing tomorrow. It’s been a long travel. I’ll play against India on Wednesday. The soreness is gone. We had a 12-hour stop-over in Dubai and managed to get a gym session. If it was a Test match tour, it could have been a worry, but with just fours overs to bowl each game, I’m confident that I’ll play a full part in this World Cup,” he said.

England were the 2010 World T20 champions and when asked to compare the present side with the ‘class of 2010′, Broad said, “For that World Cup, we didn’t spend a lot of time together. We played county cricket at home before going to West Indies.”

Broad feels that no particular team can be termed as a formidable unit in this format.

“In a T20 World Cup, it’s all about the momentum for those two and a half to three weeks. If you look at it, no side has won it twice till now, which shows that there is no specialty in each side that has won it. It’s just that a side has got on a roll and they’ve had one or two players that have pushed them.

“In these conditions, you expect a sub-continental team to be in the final and probably win. But we know deep down that we’ve got match-winners and we only need one or two of those to grab this tournament by the scruff of the neck.”

The speedster feels that an extra man in the circle during ODIs has helped the batsmen emerge as better players in T20 cricket.

“The format has developed. Most batsmen hit it 360 degrees now. Scores have definitely gone up. From hitting a delivery over bowlers head to hitting over keeper’s head, the game has evolved. The fielding restrictions with an extra man in the circle in ODIs have made batsmen believe that they can do it in T20 as well.

“For us bowlers, we can try to come round the wicket, mix yorkers and bouncers. The key is not to get too predictable.

It’s a good thing to be bowling in T20 cricket because you create pressure on the batsman. Some of the catches you see nowadays are fantastic,” he said.

About the adjustment in length, he said, “The basic aim will be to target the base of the stumps and also to shut the game early. That is one area where we are working on.?

Broad was disappointed that injured Ben Stokes missed out on his maiden opportunity to play a World Cup format.

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test: Australia's practice session

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Rohit Sharma gave a fantastic account of himself: Sanjay Bangar

Yuvraj Singh flays media for twisting statements on future in international cricket

India A beat Sri Lanka by 88 runs in tour match; Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, Karn Sharma shine

Kevin Pietersen saga: Stuart Broad, James Anderson saddened by bullying claims

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane — who should open for India?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

West Indies crisis: Trinidad and Tobago condemns West Indies’ pullout from India tour

MS Dhoni told me there’s nothing called ‘lucky’ or ‘unlucky’: Pankaj Singh

All-India PSU T20 Tournament: Oriental Insurance defeat HPCL

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in favour of Najam Sethi as ICC President

Justice Mudgal Committee report on IPL spot-fixing to be submitted on November 3

Mythbusting — the claim that playing for a weaker batting side handicaps a batsman has no basis

Younis Khan’s ban: why the ICC is justified

KL Rahul could be opening option for India’s tour to Australia

Highest identical scores in both innings of a Test

Younis Khan — perhaps Pakistan’s greatest batsman ever

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

Bigg Boss 8 day 39 highlights: Upen Patel becomes the new captain, Puneet Issar continues to play games, Ali Quli Mirza bitches about Sonali Raut!

Apple replaces user’s iPad for free after NASA rocket mishap

Diet Tip #38: Choose whole wheat flour over white flour

Super Nani quick movie review: Rekha and Sharman Joshi’s melodramatic film is unintentionally funny

KL Rahul could be opening option for India’s tour to Australia

International programme in Animal Husbandry

NGOs pursue education for all

Xiaomi poaches Donovan Sung from Spotify to lead international product development: Report

How to sterilise your baby’s feeding bottle in 5 easy steps

Bibi Magazine Editor Discusses Experience with Breast Cancer and Raising Awareness

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here