England T20I captain blames batsmen for Saturday's defeat to South Africa
England T20 captain Stuart Broad pinned the blame on his batsmen following Saturday's defeat to South Africa in the first T20I at Durham.
A total of 118-7 was well below-par for the home side, leaving the Proteas to coast home by seven wickets with an over to spare.
Broad and Graeme Swann both hit 18 not out in the closing overs to give England's innings an air of respectability but the damage had long been done. "One thing we have to be aware of is that you win games of Twenty20 cricket with number eight, nine, 10 and 11 not batting, so we have to take responsibility of having a batsman there at the end."
With batting not easy on a slow wicket a total of around 140 might have been challenging for South Africa who overcame early problems to make light of their target thanks to Jacques Kallis (48 not out) and JP Duminy (47 not out).
Broad said: "The wicket was a bit sticky, stoppy and (it was) hard to know what was a good score. But someone has to put their hand up and try and bat through because if you can be 30 or 40 not out with three overs to go you can really hurt a team rather than leaving it to someone else. We were probably 20 or 30 short because, from bowling on it, it was quite a hard wicket for batsmen to try and strike the ball on."
With time running out before the ICC World Twenty20, Broad suggested there may be changes to the line-up for Monday's second T20I at Old Trafford.
He said: "There are going to be some opportunities available; every time you put an England shirt on there will be opportunities and it is up to the guys to really grab them."