Australia v England, 1st T20, Hobart January 28, 2014

England's T20 batting line-up 'scary' - Broad

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Stuart Broad has called England's Twenty20 batting line-up "scary" and is confident that the team still has the belief to take something from the woeful tour of Australia.

Broad is England's T20 captain and is now beginning a rare period where he will be leading the side for a concentrated period of time, beginning with the three matches in Australia followed by the tour of West Indies (where he is also likely to captain the short ODI series) followed by the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

England so far have a solitary international victory - the one-day win in Perth last week - to show for the trek around Australia although they should have won in Adelaide two days ago only for a late collapse to throw the game away.

There have been more changes of personnel for the T20 format with Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Luke Wright and Jade Dernbach taking on their specialist short-form roles and it's the first three of those names who Broad believes give England an enviable batting order.

"We've got some unbelievable strikers in our side," Broad said. "If we can lay a platform with the likes of Lumb, Hales, Wright - and see how they strike a ball - then you've got Morgan and Buttler coming in. It's a pretty scary batting line up. I'd imagine the three games are going to be pretty exciting to watch and hopefully we can let our skills to do the talking because, if we do, I think there'll be some high scores."

England will be fielding a side much closer to their first-choice T20 outfit than Australia for these three matches. The home side will resemble more an Australia A line-up, which has been further hit by the withdrawal of James Faulkner due to injury.

England are also helped by the fact that three of the new faces - Hales, Lumb and Wright - have been playing in the Big Bash League over the last six weeks so are well in-tune with the format. Only Dernbach, the second-leading wicket-taker in T20 internationals last year with 13 scalps from seven matches, is coming in reasonably cold although he has been travelling with the one-day squad for the last two weeks as preparation.

"Jade's the only one who's not played a lot of cricket but all the guys have been moving and playing so that's really good," Broad said. "And there's a confidence as well; Morgan's been scoring runs, Buttler's been scoring runs and Wright's probably been one of the standout players in the Big Bash. There's a lot of confidence going into this series, and we know T20's a big confidence game. If you believe you can hit the ball over the ropes then generally you do.

"I'm really excited to captain this group of players because they are a group of players that always want to improve and I think you need that in international cricket. But also a group of players who are not shy and are not scared to take the brave options."

One player who has not featured since the Ashes, but whose name continues to dominate debate about England's future, is Kevin Pietersen. Ashley Giles, the limited-overs coach, previously called him a "million-pound asset" in the Twenty20 format and Pietersen's immediate future will be clearer a few days after his T20 series when the squads for the Caribbean and World T20 are named, but meanwhile Broad would not be drawn into discussing him.

"I think you can see from my position it would be hard to comment on that with the team I've got in that changing room with a T20 coming tomorrow to win here," he said. "The focus is purely on what we do in Australia and once we've got these three games, and hopefully a series win, under our belt we can focus on planning more on the World Twenty20."

One issue, though, that Broad was happy to talk about was the crowd reaction he has received during the tour of Australia. Before the trip, Darren Lehmann called on the local supporters to send Broad home crying, then the Courier Mail refused to use his name ahead of the first Test in Brisbane and he has been booed throughout although with a little less feeling of late.

"It's actually a bit disappointing now - it's getting less and less," Broad said. "You have to really listen for them now. In Brisbane I thought if it continued like that I wouldn't have any ear drums left. To be fair it's been quite good fun; I've enjoyed it and enjoyed the banter with the crowd. It's not been frightful general, abuse. I feel like I've embraced it okay, it's not really affected my performance particularly, I don't think. And there are not many people in the world who can say they've been called a "W" word by 40,000 people. So, I've got that one."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 29, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    English batsman are all sloggers. Not scary at all. They'll hit a six and out the next ball.

  • POSTED BY StarveTheLizard on | January 29, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    The "scary" English have struggled. I guess that is T20. Anybody can win on the night - other than Sydney Thunder.

  • POSTED BY MarshLillee on | January 29, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Some good quality in the Poms. Looking forward to a close contest. As for Stuey Broad. Well he has (I think) gone down the W league in his time here. Although he never came and stood by the boundary when I was at the tests. He made sure he was well away from it. So a bit of a cop out from him there.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | January 29, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    @JG2074, what dms1972 said. Come on mate a bit of banter! Anyway here's a few inconvenient stats for me: in the English leg of the 10 match Ashes series, England took more wickets, made more runs, Eng's batters scored at a higher average (33 vs 31 I think) and faced more balls, and Eng's bowlers bowled at a lower average. You also had most of the top wicket takers and the only stats to go our way were the much higher scoring rate, the amount of declarations, and us having I think, correct me if I'm wrong, 4 of the top 6 run scorers for the series. You won the key sessions/it was closer than 3-0 suggested blah blah blah, but from those stats yes you clearly were the deserving series winner. If I said otherwise at the time it was probably out of raw emotion.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | January 29, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    I would put England favourite for the T20s. If Warner was playing I would say it was pretty even.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 29, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    scarily bad? lumb? really? hales? he just swings like a rusty gate. and when I saw dernbachs name I laughed and laughed. coupled with broad himself that's as poor as it gets in the bowling stakes

  • POSTED BY dms1972 on | January 29, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    @JG2704 if you actually read what Mitty2 wrote, you would have gotten what he meant. He said it's currently 9-1 and he is predicting it to be 12-1 by tour's end.

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | January 28, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    Something to reflect on. England beat NZ in ODIs in NZ less than a year ago. NZ beats India in NZ 2014. NZ beat England in England 2013. England beat NZ in Champions Trophy. India beat England in Champions Trophy Final. What does that tell us about ODIs?

  • POSTED BY Kapcharlie on | January 28, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Other than Warner, I don't think Oz are missing any key players for the T20. Clarke has a T20 average that is poorer than Buttler, Hales, Root, Wright, Morgan and Stokes. Faulkner would have been an asset and maybe Johnson although he seems to be slipping back into his old ways. Dernbach (if he plays) is a mystery selection. If...yes, if..England play to their potential it is no contest

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 28, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    @Matt Humphreys on (January 28, 2014, 12:20 GMT) Yeah , he's not done so well in the BBL but the ICC T20 rankings - like all ICC rankings - are formed from statistics . Still I can see you're a decent balanced writer

    @Mitty2 on (January 28, 2014, 13:01 GMT) re "Trying to stay objective is impossible when it comes to England, I'll save that for other teams (except for maybe matches against Ind in Ind). 12-1, it is" England aren't up 12-1 or down 12-1 vs India in India. I know you like your stats (where they're convenient) but please at least make sure they're correct. Also in the ODI series 2 of the Aus 4 wins could (maybe should) have gone to England. I seem to remember certain Oz fans (correctly) saying that the English leg of the Ashes could have gone to Aus and the scoreline was flattering , Aus were unlucky ... And yet when Eng are in the same boat they're diabolical,chokers ....

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 29, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    English batsman are all sloggers. Not scary at all. They'll hit a six and out the next ball.

  • POSTED BY StarveTheLizard on | January 29, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    The "scary" English have struggled. I guess that is T20. Anybody can win on the night - other than Sydney Thunder.

  • POSTED BY MarshLillee on | January 29, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Some good quality in the Poms. Looking forward to a close contest. As for Stuey Broad. Well he has (I think) gone down the W league in his time here. Although he never came and stood by the boundary when I was at the tests. He made sure he was well away from it. So a bit of a cop out from him there.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | January 29, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    @JG2074, what dms1972 said. Come on mate a bit of banter! Anyway here's a few inconvenient stats for me: in the English leg of the 10 match Ashes series, England took more wickets, made more runs, Eng's batters scored at a higher average (33 vs 31 I think) and faced more balls, and Eng's bowlers bowled at a lower average. You also had most of the top wicket takers and the only stats to go our way were the much higher scoring rate, the amount of declarations, and us having I think, correct me if I'm wrong, 4 of the top 6 run scorers for the series. You won the key sessions/it was closer than 3-0 suggested blah blah blah, but from those stats yes you clearly were the deserving series winner. If I said otherwise at the time it was probably out of raw emotion.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | January 29, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    I would put England favourite for the T20s. If Warner was playing I would say it was pretty even.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 29, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    scarily bad? lumb? really? hales? he just swings like a rusty gate. and when I saw dernbachs name I laughed and laughed. coupled with broad himself that's as poor as it gets in the bowling stakes

  • POSTED BY dms1972 on | January 29, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    @JG2704 if you actually read what Mitty2 wrote, you would have gotten what he meant. He said it's currently 9-1 and he is predicting it to be 12-1 by tour's end.

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | January 28, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    Something to reflect on. England beat NZ in ODIs in NZ less than a year ago. NZ beats India in NZ 2014. NZ beat England in England 2013. England beat NZ in Champions Trophy. India beat England in Champions Trophy Final. What does that tell us about ODIs?

  • POSTED BY Kapcharlie on | January 28, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Other than Warner, I don't think Oz are missing any key players for the T20. Clarke has a T20 average that is poorer than Buttler, Hales, Root, Wright, Morgan and Stokes. Faulkner would have been an asset and maybe Johnson although he seems to be slipping back into his old ways. Dernbach (if he plays) is a mystery selection. If...yes, if..England play to their potential it is no contest

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 28, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    @Matt Humphreys on (January 28, 2014, 12:20 GMT) Yeah , he's not done so well in the BBL but the ICC T20 rankings - like all ICC rankings - are formed from statistics . Still I can see you're a decent balanced writer

    @Mitty2 on (January 28, 2014, 13:01 GMT) re "Trying to stay objective is impossible when it comes to England, I'll save that for other teams (except for maybe matches against Ind in Ind). 12-1, it is" England aren't up 12-1 or down 12-1 vs India in India. I know you like your stats (where they're convenient) but please at least make sure they're correct. Also in the ODI series 2 of the Aus 4 wins could (maybe should) have gone to England. I seem to remember certain Oz fans (correctly) saying that the English leg of the Ashes could have gone to Aus and the scoreline was flattering , Aus were unlucky ... And yet when Eng are in the same boat they're diabolical,chokers ....

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | January 28, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Hales and Lumb deserve their places. Don't think Wright does though- he rarely performs internationally. Root got 90 not out first time batting in a T20I so deserves a shot- but he needs a rest. KP to come back. Don't forget Morgan and Buttler as well. Now you understand what Broad is saying.

    Our bowling is where we need to focus. We won WT20 2011 because we had the best bowling line-up by miles. We need to rebuild here.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Dernbach's in the team because he's played well in the last few t20s.

  • POSTED BY Samdanh on | January 28, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    On paper yes. If it translates to reality in matches, well and good; It will be interesting contest in all 3 games. Let us hope for a close contest.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | January 28, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Oh noes, England's T20 batting line-up is SCARY! I expect all our Aussie team will retire rather than face them........or not.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Jose I think most people are completely baffled by Jade Dernbach's presence in the T20 squad. It's as bizarre as Ravi Bopara's fixture at 6 in the England ODI side - the finishing position for a guy who can't finish. Potters about (generally blocking out the entirety of the power play at overs 36-40) before finding some amazingly innocuous/pathetic way of giving his wicket away and losing the match.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    "Broadly" speaking, Stuart needs some motivational speaker to hold his hand and guide him. In the absence of which, he is doing it solo; to himself & his mates.

    "Hale" the selectors for the "Wright" choices. But, the very thought of triumph gives me a "Lumb" in my throat! Out of surprise or happiness; I know not!

    But, just one doubt; where was the need to turn back to Jaded Dernbach, when a set of fresh new ones are blossoming in the home's backyard, like fresh lilies in a muddled pond?

    Am I the only one who feels that way about Jade Dernbach?

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | January 28, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Mmmm Stuart. You're 9-1. If the tests were played on paper England would win the series, comfortably. If the ODIs were played on paper... England would still lose but that's beside the point. The point is is that England on this tour are every worse adjective to be condemned on a sporting team and worse. Diabolical, chokers, weak, dreadful, etc. You can't fully illustrate how bad Eng have been until you start swearing. I feel sorry for any neutral who's decided to watch any Aus v Eng matches recently, the outcome's all too predictable and the only uncertainty is just how much dross can England put up. You could statistically have the best batters and bowlers ever in a t20 side, but as soon as these players put on the Eng shirt with the knowledge they're playing Aus, game over. Trying to stay objective is impossible when it comes to England, I'll save that for other teams (except for maybe matches against Ind in Ind). 12-1, it is.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 28, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Broad is a tool. He's not fooling anybody. Except maybe himself. In which case, he's delusional

  • POSTED BY izzidole on | January 28, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    The timing of the T20 series against England with the bulk of the Australian cricket team on their way to South Africa indicates how serious the ACB is about the game in this country. No wonder the aussie cricket team is ranked eighth in the world in this format. It's only considered as a money spinner for the ACB in the form of the BBL and seems to take top priority over Ryobi and Sheffield Shield cricket in this country and shuts the door very early in the cricket season to those aspiring to play test cricket for Australia. As a result the England T20 side looks much stronger than Australia and most of their cricketers had ample time to acclimatise and get used to our bowling playing in the BBL. Considering the injury to Jackson Bird and the timing of the BBL no doubt it is working against the interest of Australian cricket. After all England won't be returning home empty handed and would have something to smile.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 28, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Hales proved in the big bash that his over rated. Didn't do much considering his number 1, finch is much better and a bigger hitter. Our team bats deep, there's doesn't. Poms are lucky Faulkner, Warner, Watson aren't playing. A team of Warner, finch, Watson, white, maxwell, bailey, haddin, Faulkner, cutting, Johnson, starc isn't out there!!

  • POSTED BY creebo777 on | January 28, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    India and west indians has the best t20 line ups. England line up not there yet but looks good,other teams struggles to get their batting order right like Australia and south Africa

  • POSTED BY Ratmobile on | January 28, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Lol, Mr Broad have you had a dream. Is Australia bowling donkey drops to your batsman?

  • POSTED BY Darksack on | January 28, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Lol ,England's test batting line up was scary too!!

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | January 28, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    England really do have some exceptional hitters in that lineup, though I don't think they overpower an Aus lineup of Finch, White, Lynn, Bailey, Maxwell, Cutting. Excited for Lynn to get a debut, I don't think it will be too long before we see him representing Aus in at least one other format. Good to see White rewarded for his form this season (could've been a good #6 SA tourist instead of Marsh IMO).

    Kudos to Broad for taking the crowd abuse this tour on the chin, he lead the English attack and got stuck in every test, making Anderson look like a waste of space.

  • POSTED BY NixNixon on | January 28, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    I am going to make a bold prediction and say that Eng will win all the t20 games. Don't think Aus have the power to match Eng, especially in the batting department.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 28, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Actually we do have a pretty scary T20 batting line up. Our full strength batting line up would also include KP so could read Hales,Lumb,KP,Wright,Morgan,KP and Buttler and even though I'm probably the biggest pro Buttler person on here even I wouldn't moan re him coming in at 6 behind these 5 batsmen. Flip the coin though and we probably have one of the weakest bowling attacks in this format so I suppose we have to have a potentially scary batting line up

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 28, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    @gavin7094 on (January 28, 2014, 7:30 GMT) Baffling isn't it. And it makes the decision to persist with Root who has generally been struggling and has played far more int cricket than any other Eng player (as he is the only player who has regularly played all 3 formats) so why is the one player who blatantly needs a rest still playing?

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | January 28, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    but after what MJ just put the test batsmen through, calling our line-up 'scary' is a little daft. ==== Did you miss Jos Buttler smacking Johnson to all corners during the odi series?

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | January 28, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Historically Aus have not been the best at T20 - im pretty sure that reflects in the rankings. I was thinking that Eng look pretty strong till i remembered that we had the likes of Finch, Warner and Faulkner in the side - the big hitters. Still, T20 matches are the format that evens the playing field the most - i mean you would expect Ire or Ban to beat a top 4 side every now and then but you wouldnt expect them to beat the same team in a test match. It is very much as case of 'on the day we pulled it off'.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    England do have some firepower but there are plenty of other teams that do too, so I'm not sure that they're any scarier than several other teams. Given that England looked like they may be looking to score a bit quicker in ODIs towards the back half of the recent series, at least in Australian conditions, some of these current T20 specialist batsman should be seriously eyeing a place in the ODI team for the next WC. Luke Wright seems a distinct possibility to replace Bopara because you get his bowling too, although Bopara's bowling is surprisingly effective and I'd probably rate him the better bowler of the two. I'd also consider Hales a possibility to open with Cook and Bell at #3 with Root either given a break or batting lower down.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Jade Dernbach again??? ridiculous

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Probably he is saying its "scary" in the negative way .. when you put England's line-up in comparison to Aussie's. The likes of Warner, Maxwell, Watson, Finch, Faulkner etc etc would make any opponent shiver.

  • POSTED BY Harlequin. on | January 28, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Oh dear, I can see that word coming back to haunt him. England does have a decent t20 batting line-up (in as much as a line-up can be good at swinging a bat really hard) but after what MJ just put the test batsmen through, calling our line-up 'scary' is a little daft.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | January 28, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    The best comedy comes from England, so Broad has a good pedigree.

    Perhaps he means that the English are scared of their own batsmen?

  • POSTED BY gavin7094 on | January 28, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Funny how having almost everyone playing regular cricket prior to these beer matches is regarded as a positive thing. Why doesn't the same logic apply to the Test team?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 28, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Are you joking? You mean you held back the scary batting line up for matches that follow nine defeats? If you played t20 cricket in each of the ashes test then you would have scored more than what you did and retained the Ashes!

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    We just got thrashed. Please stop talking games. Win the series and then talk. This is what is wrong with us. We talk games and cannot match on the field.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    i think most people have come to the conclusion that Broad is a pretty good and surprisingly likeable competitor. Wishing England the best.. after they lose this series 3-0.

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  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    i think most people have come to the conclusion that Broad is a pretty good and surprisingly likeable competitor. Wishing England the best.. after they lose this series 3-0.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    We just got thrashed. Please stop talking games. Win the series and then talk. This is what is wrong with us. We talk games and cannot match on the field.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 28, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Are you joking? You mean you held back the scary batting line up for matches that follow nine defeats? If you played t20 cricket in each of the ashes test then you would have scored more than what you did and retained the Ashes!

  • POSTED BY gavin7094 on | January 28, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Funny how having almost everyone playing regular cricket prior to these beer matches is regarded as a positive thing. Why doesn't the same logic apply to the Test team?

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | January 28, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    The best comedy comes from England, so Broad has a good pedigree.

    Perhaps he means that the English are scared of their own batsmen?

  • POSTED BY Harlequin. on | January 28, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Oh dear, I can see that word coming back to haunt him. England does have a decent t20 batting line-up (in as much as a line-up can be good at swinging a bat really hard) but after what MJ just put the test batsmen through, calling our line-up 'scary' is a little daft.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Probably he is saying its "scary" in the negative way .. when you put England's line-up in comparison to Aussie's. The likes of Warner, Maxwell, Watson, Finch, Faulkner etc etc would make any opponent shiver.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Jade Dernbach again??? ridiculous

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    England do have some firepower but there are plenty of other teams that do too, so I'm not sure that they're any scarier than several other teams. Given that England looked like they may be looking to score a bit quicker in ODIs towards the back half of the recent series, at least in Australian conditions, some of these current T20 specialist batsman should be seriously eyeing a place in the ODI team for the next WC. Luke Wright seems a distinct possibility to replace Bopara because you get his bowling too, although Bopara's bowling is surprisingly effective and I'd probably rate him the better bowler of the two. I'd also consider Hales a possibility to open with Cook and Bell at #3 with Root either given a break or batting lower down.

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | January 28, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Historically Aus have not been the best at T20 - im pretty sure that reflects in the rankings. I was thinking that Eng look pretty strong till i remembered that we had the likes of Finch, Warner and Faulkner in the side - the big hitters. Still, T20 matches are the format that evens the playing field the most - i mean you would expect Ire or Ban to beat a top 4 side every now and then but you wouldnt expect them to beat the same team in a test match. It is very much as case of 'on the day we pulled it off'.