Broad plots revenge against Windies
Stuart Broad chatted to ECBtv ahead of the World Twenty20
Stuart Broad believes England have "something to prove" when they face hosts West Indies in the ICC World Twenty20 next month.
The Windies knocked England out of last year’s competition in a winner-takes-all Super Eights contest at the Brit Oval. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan completed a Duckworth/Lewis pursuit of 80 with four balls and five wickets to spare.
That sent Chris Gayle’s side through to the semi-finals and the hosts crashing out. They meet again on May 3 in Group D of this year’s competition and Broad is plotting revenge.
“The West Indies knocked us out of last year’s Twenty20 World Cup, which was a big shame, so we’ve got something to prove there,” he told ECBtv.
That clash will take place at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on the South American mainland, the day before England face Ireland at the same venue in their other group game.
The seamer is familiar with the ground, having played two one-day internationals there last March during England’s tour of the Caribbean.
However, Broad is keen not to get ahead of himself with warm-up games against Bangladesh and South Africa in Barbados to come first at the end of this month.
“It’s a pretty slow and low wicket in Guyana I think, so we’ll have to adjust our game to that,” he added.
“But we’ve just got to focus on our warm-up games to start with, make sure we click as a side and then excited for the tournament to start.”
Broad’s knowledge of Caribbean conditions has encouraged him that Nottinghamshire team-mate Graeme Swann could be instrumental.
The off-spinner missed out on the Guyana games last year after flying home for elbow surgery on the completion of the Test series.
Swann is now fully fit and Broad thinks he and fellow spinner Michael Yardy could make a significant impact.
“With the West Indies wickets how they are now with the turn, Swanny the form he’s in and obviously with Michael Yardy in the squad, it’s an exciting balance,” he revealed.
That balance comes partly through the emergence on wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter, who could bat in any position England require him.
Broad admitted to being impressed when he bowled against Kieswetter, and Michael Lumb - included in the 15-man squad despite being uncapped at senior international level, in February’s Twenty20 defeat to England Lions in Abu Dhabi.
Opening together, Kieswetter struck 81 and Lumb an unbeaten 58 to guide the Lions to a five-wicket victory.
“He’s a very talented player. He’s an aggressive striker of the ball,” Broad said of Kieswetter. “I think we’ve got two lads, who we played against in Abu Dhabi, and they were tough to bowl at.
“So hopefully the international sides will find the same. I think we’ve got batsmen who can hit the ball out the park all the way down the order, which is a huge bonus in Twenty20 cricket, and we’ve got bowlers who are quick enough to damage people.”