Australia v England: We never got firing, admits Stuart Broad
Australia v England: Stuart Broad admits the tourists never got firing after a 13-run defeat in the opening T20 in Hobart
Stuart Broad admitted England’s batting line-up failed to get “firing” after Australia beat the tourists by 13 runs in the opening T20 in Hobart.
The hosts were on the back-foot after Australia openers Cameron White and Aaron Finch put on a first-wicket stand of 106, with 11 fours and seven sixes.
We didn’t get firing as much as we would have wanted to
The Aussies set England a target of 213 but Broad’s men were unable to equal their highest-ever T20 total as the tourists lost early wickets.
Ravi Bopara did hit England’s fastest-ever 50 as he finished with 65 runs from 27 balls, but the tourists fell 13 runs short of the target set.
“I don’t think 213 was too many to make but we just didn’t get going with our batting,” Broad told BBC Sport.
“There was some awesome hitting at the end but we didn’t set ourselves enough of a platform to give ourselves a chance.
“There was scoreboard pressure with our batsmen, with 213 to reach in just 20 overs – we didn’t get firing as much as we would have wanted to.
“But a big strength of this side is coming back from losses. We’ll have to regroup and get ready for the MCG – it’s a larger ground so we have to adjust how we play and the conditions.”
He added: “We could also have taken our catches early, which is the story of our summer really. We have to iron that out.
“In Test cricket last year we dropped 35 catches, which is a huge amount. It’s a problem we’re well aware of – we’re international cricketers and we can’t keep doing that.”