Someone has to perform like Kevin Pietersen, says Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad is confident that England can retain the ICC World Twenty20 title with a young team with the players like Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow AFP

By CricketCountry Staff


London: Jun 24, 2012

England Twenty20 skipper Stuart Broad is looking for Kevin Pietersen s replacement ahead of ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

“There is obviously an opportunity there for someone to put their hand up to be the king pin of our batting line-up. KP scored consistent runs for us at No.3 and opening the batting in 20-20 cricket. Now, he is not there, someone has got to do that,” Broad emphasized.

Broad is confident that England can retain the Twenty20 title with a young team and is heavily counting on players like Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow to fill in the gap left by Pietersen.

“He obviously was a really good player and did some fantastic things. It does not seem to have affected the one-day team a massive amount,” Broad was quoted as saying by zeenews.india.com.

“We can take heart from that. It opens up opportunities for people to put their hand up, like Ian Bell did scoring a hundred and winning man of the match on his first game back. I think that is a sign of good character in the team, when people get the opportunity to get in the team they take them,” he concluded.