Broad: We can win again
A bullish Stuart Broad has stated his belief that an England squad of “frightening” ability can defend their World Twenty20 crown.
Upon arrival in Sri Lanka today, Broad backed his players to follow in the footsteps of the squad that secured England’s first success in an International Cricket Council global event 28 months ago.
Eight of the triumphant group marshalled by Paul Collingwood are once again involved this time around, while the likes of Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Steven Finn will be hoping to make an impression on their first appearances at the tournament.
“You’ve got to have the players in the changing room to win the World Cup and I really believe we’ve got that,” said Broad.
“Now it’s about performing those roles and skills we have; if we do that, I really believe we stand as good a chance as anyone here.
“I’ve got full belief in the squad. I see the guys in training every day, and it’s frightening what they can do.
“Let’s just hope we can put that on the world stage.”
Broad is aware of how significant individual cameos, such as Jos Buttler’s eye-catching 10-ball 32 against South Africa at Edgbaston, can prove in the shortest form of the game.
“The thing about Twenty20 cricket is, whereas in a Test match I’ve always thought you need nine or 10 players to perform well to win over five days, in this you probably need three guys to come off,” he explained.
“We’ve got matchwinners in the side. We saw Jos Buttler, the other night, completely change the game in an over – and that’s the sort of thing you need.
“We’re confident. We’ve got some talented players here, and have played some really good Twenty20 cricket in the past year.”
Broad also rejects the notion that England may be hampered by a lack of experience on the sub-continent.
“Unproven is probably the right word, but that doesn’t mean they’re not good enough,” he said.
“Don’t forget either that last time, when we went to the Caribbean and won, we had two debutants (Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb) walk out and open the batting for us.”