Broad eyes big lessons as champions England crash out of World Twenty20
19:34 01 October 2012
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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.”