The skipper of England T20 side, Stuart Broad, has said that the openers should show a bit more responsibility and shouldn’t try to go after the bowling from the first ball. The English openers haven’t been able to give the team a good start in any of the four matches that England has played so far in the tournament. In the first three matches, England lost its first wicket in the first over of the innings. However, in the last match against New Zealand, the openers added 21 runs for the first wicket and the first wicket was down in the fourth over. But, Stuart Broad isn’t pleased with the performance of the openers at all.
After the match against New Zealand, Stuart Broad said, “The opening partnership is a bit of a concern for us. Good start is very important in T20 matches. If you lose two or three wickets in the first six overs, the run rate gets down as the batsmen out there look to consolidate the innings.”
“Our openers are trying to play too many shots at the start of the innings. They should take a few deliveries to get their eye in and then, try to play the big shots. They should take a leaf out of Chris Gayle’s book. Gayle never goes after the bowling right from the start. He takes a couple of overs and then tries to accelerate.”
When asked about the poor form of Craig Kieswetter, Broad said, “Craig is a very good top order batsman in this form of the game. He has got great power and he can play some extraordinary shots. He had played beautifully against India. In the last two matches, he has struggled a bit, but, I have got faith in him and hopefully, he would deliver in the further matches.”