England were outplayed - Broad
Stuart Broad reflected on a bad day at the office after England suffered a 55-run defeat to New Zealand in the second Twenty20 international at Seddon Park.
Broad’s decision to bowl first backfired as the hosts racked up 192 for six on the back of a rapid 74 from captain Brendon McCullum.
England’s reply quickly hit the buffers and they were dismissed for 137 despite another fine innings from Jos Buttler, who once again exhibited a stunning array of strokes en route to 54 from 30 deliveries.
The three-match series is now tied ahead of Friday’s final match at Wellington, and Broad is aware his side will need to improve.
“It was a disappointing performance throughout, but Twenty20 cricket can be a bit like that,” said England’s skipper.
“You can play fantastically one day and things don’t go for you the next. Credit goes to New Zealand; they outperformed us.
“We got certain parts of the game wrong tonight, and in such a short format you can’t afford to do that.
“Obviously, McCullum took the game away from us with the bat. After 15 or 16 overs, I thought we were really in the game. But I got it slightly wrong at the end (conceding 22 runs in his final over) and it was always going to be a tough ask.
“At the halfway point we were still in with a chance on a small ground, but losing early wickets like we did - we were always chasing the game from there.”
England piled on the runs after being inserted at Eden Park on Saturday and Broad conceded he may have chosen incorrectly when putting New Zealand in today.
He added: “I probably should have batted first at the toss. I got that wrong.
“The dew did change the wicket quite a bit, and the ball swung.
“The guys said it came off the wicket a bit two-paced as well. New Zealand just bowled length, and that’s all they had to do.
“We didn’t adapt to the conditions as well as we could have done.”
Buttler’s innings, his fourth successive contribution of more than 30 on this tour, at least provided one positive for England.
“Jos proved that if we had kept wickets in the hand he could have been dangerous at the end,” said Broad.
“He’s a wonderful striker of the ball. He’s had a really good tour so far, and the way he can hit the ball 360 degrees is pretty frightening.
“He’s going to be a very exciting player for us.”
New Zealand’s leader, McCullum, was understandably pleased with his side’s response to a heavy defeat in Auckland and admitted he would also have bowled first given the chance.
“Obviously the other night was disappointing for us and England blew us off the park really. Overall tonight was a much better performance,” he said.
“I would have (bowled). It does skid on here a little bit at night-time and with short boundaries you can chase anything.
“We knew that at the halfway stage and we knew early wickets were going to be crucial. Thankfully we managed to get them.”
Asked about his own knock, which featured six fours and five sixes, McCullum added: “It’s nice to make a contribution, whether you’re captain or not captain.
“It was good to play a hand today, but there were many other guys who played a hand as well. The boys are very happy.”