Thursday 18 January 2018

Cricket: England must learn lessons from early exit -- Broad

A 19-run defeat to hosts Sri Lanka ensured that the defending champions will not progress from the Super Eight.
A 19-run defeat to hosts Sri Lanka ensured that the defending champions will not progress from the Super Eight.

David Clough

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 that the defending champions will not progress from the Super Eight.

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

Top-order failings proved crucial again yesterday as Lasith Malinga took three wickets in his first over on his way to figures of 5-31.

"Obviously 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," added Broad.

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

SLUMPED

Broad's side slumped to 18-3 after Malinga's magnificent over.

Luke Wright was first to go when he cut straight to Tillakaratne Dilshan at point. Jonny Bairstow, who also kept wicket, followed two balls later when he skied a slower ball to mid-off, before Alex Hales was pinned in front by a yorker.

That third wicket was unfortunate for England, with replays suggesting the ball was going to miss leg stump, and it was left to Samit Patel and Eoin Morgan to repair the damage.

Patel breathed some life into England's reply, energising a 55-run stand with Morgan as he took particular toll on Ajantha Mendis with a string of off-side boundaries, but Dublin-born Morgan was to fall lbw for 10.

Patel smashed 67 from 48 balls, but he received little support until a sparkling late cameo of 34 from 20 balls by Graeme Swann.

Broad picked out Patel and seamer Steven Finn, who took eight wickets in the tournament, as the bright spots for England.

"Steven's been fantastic for us in this tournament," he said. "Samit played really well, played the spinners well and got us in a position we could possibly have won the game from."

Irish Independent

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