England captain Stuart Broad on beating New Zealand by 40 runs

Last Updated: 10/02/13 12:05am

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England captain Stuart Broad praised his side after the emphatic 40-run Twenty20 victory over New Zealand in Auckland.

The tourists smashed 15 sixes in setting their hosts an intimidating 214-7 - their highest ever total, and four wickets from Broad himself helped end the chase on 174-9.

Asked whether it was the best performance in the shortest format during his time in an England shirt, Broad told Sky Sports: "Certainly that I've captained.

"Looking back to the 2010 World Cup where we won we were fantastic throughout that tournament, but to go and get a record score of 214, that's the exciting thing in the team, to have that mindset to go and get such a high score.

"A lot of the time you think 170, 180 is a good score. To go and get such a high score and defend it comprehensively, we're delighted with that."

Broad's heroics with the ball made him England's all-time top Twenty20 wicket-taker with 52, but the 26-year-old was quick to deflect the accolades onto his team.

When told of his achievement, Broad added: "I didn't know that. The freedom the guys played with with the bat set us up brilliantly today. To lose the toss and then go and set our record score as an England batting line-up is fantastic.

"I think we learned a lot from batting on it first, knowing what we could bang out a heavy length, back of a length, and take the pace off to get the guys hitting to the bigger boundaries. It was probably not a bad toss to lose."

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