England did their homework - Broad
Alastair Cook’s prolific batting in the England’s one-day international series win over Pakistan will go down in history, and Stuart Broad has revealed that it has been the result of historical research.
Broad exclusively told ecb.co.uk that a team meeting before the ODI rubber highlighted the value of top-order batsmen setting a base for competitive totals, even if they score at less than a run a ball.
Cook delivered just that, with 319 series runs - including two tons - at a strike rate of 88.36. He has shared two fifty opening partnerships and yesterday a stand of 170 with first-wicket partner Kevin Pietersen in a third straight convincing win.
“We had a meeting before the series started and review strike-rates and stuff like that,” Broad said.
“The history of cricket showed that it wasn’t 30s off 25 balls or stuff like that at the start that won you games, it was the guys who went on and got 80, 90, 100 with a strike rate of about 80.
“Cooky’s taken that responsibility on. He knows he doesn’t have to go off like a firecracker at the start. But if he takes responsibility and bats through, we can set up a good platform. We’ve managed to do that.”
Broad will lead England in three Twenty20 internationals that follow Tuesday’s last ODI. He is delighted to be able to call on an in-form Pietersen, who yesterday hit his first limited-overs hundred in more than three years.
Fast bowler Steven Finn is another player on top of his game, having taken 11 wickets in the series.
“You look for guys who have confidence, who have momentum with them because Twenty20 cricket, the game can change with one guy,” he added. “You only need three or fours guys to have a cracking game and you’ll win.
“We’ve got a few guys with confidence who are playing well at the moment and it’s exciting to see. Hopefully we can repeat this performance on Tuesday and focus on the Twenty20s.”