Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

We must learn from exit: Stuart Broad

Captain Stuart Broad admits England have major lessons to learn from their failure to reach the semi-finals of the World Twenty20.

A 19-run defeat to hosts Sri Lanka ensured the defending champions will not progress from the Super Eight, missing out to the West Indies on net run rate.

And Broad said: “We're really disappointed, but the guys have tried really hard in these few weeks here.

“But we've learnt a huge amount and as long as we can take lots away from it, that's all we can ask.

“We need to keep wickets in hand at the top, today proved we've got good strikers at the end who can get us close.”

Top-order failings proved crucial again yesterday as Lasith Malinga took three wickets in his first over on his way to figures of five for 31. And Broad said: “Obviously today losing three in an over hurt us quite a bit — any time a bowler takes five wickets against you in Twenty20 he's going to come out on the winning side.

“Also our death bowling, we didn't get that quite right and that's something we need to work on.”

Samit Patel was the one player to come through the Malinga-induced carnage, smashing 67 from 48 balls, but he received no meaningful support until a late cameo of 34 from 20 by Graeme Swann.

Broad added: “I think Steven Finn's been fantastic for us in this tournament.

“Samit played really well, played the spinners well and got us in a position we could possibly have won the game from.”

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