England captain looks learn from mistakes and focus on the team's strengths
England captain Stuart Broad felt it was imperative for the players to get back to a positive mind frame.
When you get blown off a cricket ground like England did against India just three days ago, to slump to 80 all out and a 90-run loss, the focus would be on trying to forget the past. For any cricketer, it’s hard to bounce back from something like that, but the advantage England has is that this happened in the ICC World Twenty20 2012, and not in a bilateral series. To front up against India again so soon might have been a bridge too far.
Against West Indies, though, England wants to try and not think about the opposition, and instead focus on its own strengths. “We just talked about our strengths really and going back to that, I think it's important you learn from the mistakes you make,” said Stuart Broad, England’s Twenty20 captain. “To that end, you need to talk about them, but you don't need to dwell on them. We have guys who have played spin really well at times, so we just build on that really. Obviously, at the end of the game it was very disappointing for us. It was losing early wickets that really stung us.”
England, the tournament’s defending champion, has not played like it so far, but the structure of the competition is such that it gives even teams who have only just squeaked into the Super Eights a chance to go all the way. With no points carried over, the slate is wiped clean. “First of all, it was important to get through the group stage and this is where it starts,” said Broad. “Obviously you are five games away from winning the ICC World T20, but it’s important we don't look at it like that. We break it down to small bits, starting with West Indies tomorrow.”
Broad revealed that the team had spent the last few days focussing on getting their mindset right, trying not to tinker with how they played spin. “It's all mental, to be honest,” he said. “We've had nets and stuff like that. I think it’s important for the batsmen to get back into the nets and get a feel of hitting the ball again. But it’s all about getting yourself back into a positive frame of mind, and reminding the guys in the team that we are good players.
“They are in this England side because they have performed consistently for their counties and won games. It's certainly not something to panic about and, as I said, if you have been blitzed in one game, it doesn't matter much.”