Broad laments lack of composure

T20 skipper hopeful of returning to face India at end of October

Last Updated: 26/09/11 5:24pm

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Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad bemoaned a "lack of composure" from England's batsmen as a memorable summer ended in defeat against West Indies at the Oval.

Injured pace bowler Broad was forced to watch on as England crashed to 88 all out - their lowest-ever total in a T20 international - in reply to West Indies' paltry 113-5 on Sunday night.

The defeat saw the two-match series end all-square at 1-1 and England will now turn their attention towards a high-profile one-day tour of India in October.

Speaking on the performance of England's younger players, as well as stand-in T20 captain Graeme Swann against an inexperienced West Indies side, Broad told Sky Sports News: "He did a good job. With the young squad he had at his disposal, a lot of the guys hadn't played a huge amount of Twenty20 cricket and he controlled them very well.

"Obvious the batting was a bit poor. The lads will know that, they guys will admit that. We didn't chase with any composure, to get three or four run outs is disappointing as well."
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"We saw the exciting talents on offer with the likes of Alex Hales and I'm sure the guys will learn a huge amount from that experience. We need to take as much from each opportunity as we can get.

"We'll be playing a Twenty20 World Cup exactly this time next year and it's important we learn and develop leading into that."

Sunday night's defeat overshadowed a flawless display from England two days previous, where the world champions cruised to a 10-wicket victory in south London.

"I thought Friday night the display was fantastic," Broad added. "To win by 10 wickets everyone can be proud of how they performed in that. And again the bowling display yesterday was brilliant. We saw the likes of Scott Borthwick come in on debut and perform like he'd played a few games.

"Obviously the batting was a bit poor. The lads will know that, they guys will admit that. We didn't chase with any composure, to get three or four run outs is disappointing as well.

"You can learn from that, talk about it and improve. These players are for the future and I'm sure Swanny will have enjoyed captaining them and seeing what they are about."


Broad, who injured his shoulder during England's one-day series against India earlier in September, does not require surgery, however he will still miss the forthcoming five-match ODI series in the subcontinent.

The one-off Twenty20 match against India on October 29 might also come too soon for Broad, however the 25-year-old insists he will do all he can to lead England in Kolkata.

"The muscle is torn so it needs time to heal. I have a week off now and then my rehab starts in October and I'm going to work very hard to make the Twenty20 game at the end of October," Broad said.

"You have got to have a hope. I want to play that game. The physio seems to think it's a two-month injury but it all depends how the rehab goes."

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