Broad eyes big lessons as champions England crash out of World Twenty20

19:34 01 October 2012

Stuart Broad failed in his bid to captain England to a successfull World Twenty20 title defence. Photo credit: Steve Drew/PA wire

Stuart Broad failed in his bid to captain England to a successfull World Twenty20 title defence. Photo credit: Steve Drew/PA wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

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 today ensured the defending champions will not progress from the Super Eight, missing out to the West Indies on net run rate.

And Broad told Sky Sports 1: “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 today 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 picked out Patel and seamer Steven Finn, who took eight wickets in the tournament, as the bright spots for England.

“I think Steven Finn’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.”

Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka’s captain for the day as regular incumbent Mahela Jayawardene had a warning hanging over him due to slow over rates, paid tribute to man of the match Malinga.

“He’s a fantastic bowler, he relishes the pressure - both in the super over against New Zealand and then here with five wickets,” he said.

Sri Lanka had earlier piled up 169 for six in their 20 overs, thanks in the main to Mahela Jayawardene (42), Angelo Mathews (28) and Thisara Perera (26).

And Sangakkara said: “The guys played really well, we played six batsmen with a couple of all-rounders and backed our bowlers to restrict them and get us wickets.

“It was a great start by the openers and Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis and Thisara Perera finished it off.”

Asked about the prospect of lifting the trophy on home soil, he added: “It would be fantastic if we can, but the focus is to keep our feet on the ground and prepare well for our next game.”

Related articles


Latest Sport Stories

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Baku, Azerbaijan. The Spurs squad are halfway through a 5,000-mile round trip and face FK Qarabag this evening just 64 hours prior to another London derby - Chelsea are the visitors for a midday kick-off on Sunday at White Hart Lane.

Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou. Pic: Tony Gay

Jerome Martelli struck the decisive goal as Haringey Borough earned a crucial home win in Saturday’s basement battle against Heybridge and climbed out of the relegation zone in Ryman League Division One North.

Andreas Sotiri scored a try in his first game for Haringey Rhinos. Pic: Tony Gay

Andreas Sotiri scored a try on his debut for Haringey Rhinos’ Under-14s as a side featuring a number of young players put in an encouraging performance, despite their defeat to Chingford.

Yesterday, 16:02
Chris Rainsford (left) in action on the road for Highgate Harriers. Pic: Dieter Perry

Highgate Harriers were crowned national champions on Sunday as the prestigious UK 10k road race championships were held as part of the 30th anniversary of the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash.

Yesterday, 15:58
Great Britain's James Ward (far right) with Great Britain captain Leon Smith, Jamie Murray and Andy Murray

Great Britain stand on the verge of history in the Davis Cup as they prepare for this weekend’s final, bidding to win the crown for the first time in 79 years.

Yesterday, 15:51
Karl Oliyide (left) scored Wingate & Finchley's goal on Saturday. Pic: Martin Addison

Wingate & Finchley missed the chance to go second in the Ryman League Premier Division on Saturday after conceding an 88th-minute equaliser away at East Thurrock.

Yesterday, 12:33
Harry Kane celebrates his second goal against West Ham on Sunday (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Ex-Tottenham captain Gary Mabbutt believes Harry Kane can become an all-time great for club and country.

Yesterday, 11:30
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (left) celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the game against Dinamo Zagreb. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA

In our weekly Arsenal fan column, Uche Amako says the club’s record signing is making the most of his peak years.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder