Broad rues England exit
England failed to measure up in defence of their World Twenty20 title - and, in the words of captain Stuart Broad, were “not quite good enough”.
England’s exit was confirmed tonight when, despite a maiden Twenty20 international half-century from Samit Patel, they lost by 19 runs to Sri Lanka.
Two years after Paul Collingwood led his country to their first, and still only, International Cricket Council trophy, Broad’s side must head home before the semi-final stage.
Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga undermined England’s chase of 170, almost from the outset, with three wickets in his first over - on the way to career-best figures of 5-31 in the final Super Eights match at Pallekele.
Only victory would have taken England through to the knockout stages - and although Patel, with 67, and even Graeme Swann, via some late hitting, got them closer than had seemed likely, they never looked likely to prevail.
“Ten minutes after the game, you’re obviously really disappointed,” said Broad. “You can look at the missed opportunities. But I think throughout the whole tournament, we’ve not quite been good enough.
“It’s very disappointing to have gone out, because I believe we do have the firepower in that changing room to go far. Coming to the ground today, knowing you win three games and you win a ’World Cup’, you’re not that far away. It’s frustratingly close.”
Speaking about Malinga’s performance, Broad added: “Obviously those three wickets in the third over damaged us quite a bit.
“He bowled really well, full and straight and showed the class that the IPL pay millions for. He obviously hurt us with those three wickets.”
Broad believes his young side will learn a lot from the tournament and is hoping those lessons can ensure more consistency.
“What you get with young guys is some days absolute brilliance, and other days a bit of averageness,” added Broad. “I think, as a team, we’ve probably shown that.
“It has been a learning experience for us. Obviously, we didn’t have enough players firing at the same time. The talent is certainly there. You see on the domestic scene these are the guys who are performing week-in, week-out.
“It’s a learning experience when you come into the international scene. We’ve got guys here who haven’t played a lot of international cricket. But as long as we learn from it, we will develop.”