Calling AB de Villiers’s innings “as good as you'll ever see”, England captain says his team has had many positives despite poor returns
“We've had a lot of positives come out of this World Cup. If we had got out of the group there's have been a lot of surprised people. We're disappointed but we've done some good stuff with the squad available to us,” said Broad on Saturday (March 29) after losing to South Africa by three runs in an ICC World Twenty20 2014 group match. “We lost key men through injury. We can hold up heads up high and at the end of the day T20 is an entertainment business and I don't think anybody is going to leave the ground today disappointed with nearly 400 runs scored … sixes … fours … catches.”
Broad said that it was AB de Villiers’s 29-ball 69 that turned the screws on England. “We've come up three runs short and there's some pretty clear ways we could have stopped those three runs. We didn't particularly field well, but that can happen in these conditions. We didn't have the one guy going to get the (Alex) Hales-like knock like he did the other day or 60 or 70 you realistically need in these sort of chases,” said Broad.
“But, sometimes a team, you have to hold your hands up and that knock from AB de Villiers is as good as you'll ever see. He hits the ball 360 degrees and targeted the short boundary with fantastic success. We tried to go for yorkers but in these conditions it's unrealistic to get your yorkers consistently with a bar of soap.”
Broad said that the winter had been a particularly trying one for England and that he was looking forward to putting it behind and starting afresh when the next season comes around. “It's going to be a new era of English cricket, isn't it? It has been a tough winter. We've been away a huge amount of time so there is some fantastic opportunities available for players in the summer,” he pointed out.
“We don't know the shake-up of the Test side or anything but you know the opportunities will arise and that's exciting for players to be involved in. I expect to see some excellent performances this summer, guys really desperate to play and hungry to succeed. It has been a draining winter and I'll have to be honest, I'm looking forward to a bit of a break come Tuesday.”