Broad calls for focus

England keen to improve in the field

Last Updated: 25/02/11 5:21pm

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Stuart Broad has urged England to use the expected fevered atmosphere to their advantage in Sunday's World Cup clash with India.

"You are going to get pumped up by the crowds - and as long as we keep our emotions in check, I think that will fire us up really well as a team. It is inspiring."
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England take on the co-hosts in Bangalore needing a big improvement in their bowling and fielding following the horror show during their tournament opener against the Netherlands.

They allowed the Netherlands to pile up 292-6 before England's batsmen averted a major shock by chasing down the runs with eight balls to spare.

India also got their Group B campaign off to a winning start, albeit in more convincing fashion after Virender Sehwag's 175 inspired an 87-run success over Bangladesh.

Electric

"We played a one-dayer here three or four years ago, and it was absolutely electric," said Broad.

"The sound bounces around the ground, and I think we have to use that to our advantage.

"You are going to get pumped up by the crowds - and as long as we keep our emotions in check, I think that will fire us up really well as a team. It is inspiring.

"The crowd will be Indian-dominant ... but the crowd does not change the way you bowl the ball and hit it - which is what we have to focus on."

Excellent fielding was a constant in England's Ashes victory on the recent tour of Australia and Broad is keen for those standards to be resumed after the Netherlands blip.

"We have an aim to come to this World Cup and show our fielding is the best in the world - and it has been over the past 18 months," he said.

"We did not get it right against the Netherlands. We threw overthrows; we dropped catches; we didn't even go for catches at times; we bowled a bloke with three men in the circle.

"We just made silly errors that should not happen on an international field.

"Those are the sort of areas we will look to get rid of and perform better at later stages of the World Cup."

Honest

England's bowling was also off colour on Tuesday, with Broad's new-ball colleague James Anderson suffering most.

"Mentally we know the plans we are trying to bowl to, but against the Netherlands we just did not execute them well at all," added the Nottinghamshire seamer.

"All the seamers were too expensive, but we have got good plans on these wickets.

"All our bowlers can hold our hands up and say we did not do the job against the Netherlands - along with the fielders.

"But that has got to change; we have to get it right. We know what we want to do and the style of bowling we want to produce.

"We are a very honest bowling unit - and we did not bowl how we wanted to.

"But there is no need to panic form a bowling point of view. It is just one game.

"We got the win under our belt and we can move forward to what is an exciting prospect on Sunday."

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