Broad confident England batsmen won’t falter against quality spin in T20 WC

Johannesburg: England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad has claimed his batsmen are well equipped to tackle quality spin bowling attacks during the upcoming T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, starting from September 18.

England fell 1-0 behind in a three-match series after a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of South Africa in Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

The fact that Proteas spinners Johan Botha and Robin Peterson shared four wickets between them during their loss is expected to concern the England management, but Broad is unperturbed.

“We didn’t play the spin especially well today. But we’ve got good players of spin in there. Morg`s (Morgan) is a fantastic player of spin. We’ve seen him dominate it in the past - it just didn’t come off for us today,” Sports24 quoted Broad, as saying.

“Jos Buttler in training hits the ball further than anyone. We want guys to have the freedom to go for that boundary option. You don’t want to curb that enthusiasm too much,” he added.

“But obviously today it didn’t work out for us, and we need to put that right in a very short turnaround,” he said.

Broad added: “I think it was quite a good wicket to bowl spin on, because the ball didn’t really come on. The advantage they (South Africa) then had when batting was that they didn’t have to take a risk against Swanny.”

“I think one thing we have to be very aware of is you win games of Twenty20 cricket with numbers eight, nine, 10 and 11 not batting. So we have to take the responsibility of having a batsman there at the end,” he concluded.


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