Broad confident of defending title
England captain Stuart Broad is confident his side can defend its title at ICC World Twenty20 2012
Stuart Broad of England talks to the media ahead of ICC T20 World Cup 2012.
England captain Stuart Broad is confident that his side can defend its title at the ICC World Twenty20 2012.
Broad believes that to some extent the squad here is better than the one that won the title at ICC World Twenty20 2010 because there is more firepower.
“We have about eight players from 2010. Then we have the firepower in the batting especially at the end to clear the ropes. We have got full belief in this squad. We have seen in training some of the stuff they can do,’’ said Broad.
England enters the ICC World Twenty20 2012 as the number-one ranked team in the Reliance ICC T20 Championship table. Broad is excited about reclaiming the number one spot.
“We are confident as we have been playing some good Twenty20 cricket. It has been a hugely encouraging build-up for us coming here. When we got on the flight to Sri Lanka we were hugely excited. It is a huge challenge for us, but we are ready,’’ added Broad.
According to the right-arm fast bowler momentum will play a huge role in the tournament. “I don’t think our form in January will matter. If we gain momentum early on, adapt to the conditions then we have some amazing players who are performing at their peak. The more experienced guys in our squad will share the experience with younger boys. Hopefully they will learn quickly,’’ opined Broad.
Looking at his unit, Broad said: “We have aggressive bowlers, a fantastic spinner and a batting unit which has played a lot of cricket in Sri Lanka with England or the England Lions. Our focus will be to get ourselves used to the conditions and in the right frame of mind. We have been planning for a while for this tournament. We believe the 15 guys who are here are capable and ready.’’
Broad also played down the lack of experience in the squad. “In ICC World T20 2010, we had two debutants opening the batting for us (Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter). We have also not played a lot of T20 cricket. Some of the younger guys have played more T20 cricket than Graeme Swann and myself. The blend of guys is therefore very good,’’ said Broad.
Above all for Broad it is his first long stint with the team as captain and is therefore excited about the challenge.
“I have not had more than a week at times in charge. Here I will have a month in charge, so it will get really to work on my skills as captain for a longer time. It is an exciting month for us and we are really looking forward to it,’’ said Broad.