World T20 2014

Broad unsure of T20 captaincy future

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March 30, 2014

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Hashim Amla was dismissed by Stuart Broad for 56, England v South Africa, World Twenty20 2014, Group 1, Chittagong, March 29, 2014
Stuart Broad has been unable to lead England out of the group stage in consecutive World T20s © AFP

Stuart Broad has admitted there is no certainty that he will remain England's T20 captain after their group-stage exit in Bangladesh and with his troublesome knee in need of increasingly urgent repair.

Broad has been T20 captain since 2011, when he replaced Paul Collingwood, and was initially part of a trio of leaders until Alastair Cook became Test captain alongside the one-day job. He has not been able to lead England out of the group stage in either of the World T20s he has captained in, with the team putting up an abject defence of their title in Sri Lanka two years followed by their latest early departure in Chittagong.

The next World T20 is again scheduled for the subcontinent - India in 2016 - and Broad conceded that there could be a new man at the helm. "I don't know, there's going to be a decision made on coaching staff so there might be a few changes in the next two months or so," he said.

A change could come as soon as England's next T20, against Sri Lanka in May - the favourite to take over would be Eoin Morgan - depending on the route taken by England's medical staff to deal with the patellar tendonitis which has troubled Broad for large parts of the winter.

There are a couple of approaches that could be taken, ranging from a continued management of the problem which may mean Broad is sidelined of less time before, perhaps, utilising England's reasonably quiet period from October to December, to a more substantial solution that may include surgery and a longer lay-off. It will be one of the key decisions for the new head coach - expected to be Ashley Giles - when that position is confirmed next month.

"I'm probably going to be unavailable for the start of the season in one-day cricket to sort my knee out," Broad said. "I need a rehab period on my tendonitis, which is generally about an eight-week period so whether I take just four weeks in April to play in May and then take a couple of months after the season I don't know but it's got to the stage where it's really sore and I need it sorted out.

"You know in international cricket you can't perform at your best when you're carrying an injury. We've managed it pretty well but it's in the hands of the medical staff and a bit of negotiation with the head coach when that's decided."

It appears fairly certain that Nottinghamshire will not see much of Broad early in the season. England begin their home season with an ODI against Scotland on May 9, followed by a one-off T20 and five-match limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. The first Test of the summer begins on June 12 then India then visit for a tour which includes five Tests, five ODIs and a T20.

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Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (March 31, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

England surprised most fans...It was predicted that they would lose to everyone in their group including the Netherlands. To get a victory over Sri Lanka was a very big surprise but at least they can own up to the innings of the tournament.

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (March 31, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

While its reasonable to argue that KP shouldn't have been dropped, his form dropped off real bad. His so called "class" is obviously still there but his temperament and consistency are just not the same. While his dropping from Tests and ODIs is definitely justifiable, he is, in my opinion, indispensable from the T20I team.

In Tests a batsman has made a good contribution when he has made atleast 140 runs in a match. Most times this will result in a win or prevent a loss. KP was NOT doing this often enough.

In ODIs if a batsman makes a 70+ score he'll most times get the MOM award unless a bowler in his team take 4 or more wickets for little runs. KP was NOT doing this often enough either.

In T20 an innings of 40+ runs from about 25 balls is most times not worthy of the MOM award but it goes a long way towards a favorable result. THIS is something KP can do in ANY form. 40 runs is basically 7 good connections and some singles.

Posted by delboy on (March 31, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

Why don't we do this, leave the purist and test cricket to thosr who want to see it extinct. Market T20 as the ENTERTAINMENT vehicle which it is. The reality is T20 cricket has arrived and is the saviour of test cricket I hasten to add from the perspective of the paying spectator anf advertiser. A sport must give spectotors more than yawns. Test and T20 need each other. Those who find nothing good about T20 need to feel the atmosphere by being in the stadium instead of behand a keyboard.

Posted by milepost on (March 31, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

@wapuser, T20 is the best form of cricket? It barely resembles cricket. None of the skills that make Test Cricket great are on offer in T20. Tiny boundaries where false strokes go for 6? It's a joke of a game.

Posted by mirandola on (March 31, 2014, 1:51 GMT)

Broad would do well to be unsure of the captaincy role, or indeed any role as an England player in the future. Sick-note is long past his sell-by date.

Posted by KeepitHonest on (March 31, 2014, 0:50 GMT)

For someone who doesn't closely follow Eng. cricket, it didn't take me long to figure out how bad a captain Broad is. He doesn't lead from the front when it comes to bowling and is always looking to throw his fellow bowlers under the bus. How do you expect to earn the respect of your teammates. There seems to be something more than just pure talent & merit when it comes to England cricket. There is clearly more than one tier.

Posted by blackcapsfan3 on (March 30, 2014, 22:42 GMT)

If england had KP in the T20 world cup they would not be in this postion

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 30, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

Some weird decisions by selectors in t20s morgan is better captain than broad, same as AB, matthews than faf and chandimal... Correct me if i m wrong

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

C'mon England, bring KP back ! Give him captaincy in all 3 formats. KP is a rockstar !

Posted by Insightful2013 on (March 30, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

Nutcutlet, well said. Broad hasn't got the temperament for captaincy or the analytical skills. He finds it difficult to control himself, how would it be possible to control others? Funny that the only English player valuable enough for the IPL isn't so considered by the ECB! Ashley Giles head coach would be a massive mistake as well.

Posted by landl47 on (March 30, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

Broad has shown no discernible captaincy skills. His bowling changes have lacked any logic (in the WI Bopara was the second-best bowler after Tredwell, but Broad barely used him here), he doesn't have a clear picture of the field he needs and fiddles with it almost every ball, his players lack discipline in the field and his own performance has suffered because he uses himself badly. He's been given a fair shot over a couple of years to gain experience, but I see no improvement.

A return to being a key bowler would benefit both him and England. Morgan is the obvious replacement.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

Dropping KP may have cost us..... It seems to me if a man isn't tough to handle KP, he isn't tough enough to handle the captaincy.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

@Rajiv Radhakrishnan: Typical boring comment. Try something interesting next time. T20 is the best format of cricket. How about asking England to play better ?

Posted by markatnotts on (March 30, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

@delboy, so your criteria for judging a player, is one solitary over early in a bowlers career. Almost as groundless as judging a player on a hat-trick they once took. Anyway like cloudmess I am astonished that Giles is going to be given the job given he is a bigger part of the problem than Broads captaincy! Fancy taking Bell with them to not play a game then leave someone like Patel at home.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (March 30, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

I never like the idea of a frontline quick bowler as captain of any team. By the very nature of their skill, the quick is (rightly) involved in his own performance. When should I bring myself on? is an additional question that the fast-bowling captain must ask. Equally, should I finish this spell now? These problems are ones that a captain doesn't need and shoudn't be asked to deal with. All that said, Eng has been making some wrong-headed decisions/selections for a while now - and SB's captaincy of the t20 side is just one good example. it is patently & painfully obvious that Eoin Morgan has all the right credentials. Let's list them because they're precisely what all England's format cricket requires: assured of his place as a middle order bat; much experienced; a cool and collected demeanour - whether batting or in the field (where he sets a fine example)- shows tactical awareness; enjoys the respect of his players & has no previous re: dissent & discipline. Another no brainer.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

@Guernica Shane Warne, Prosper Utsaya and Wasim Akram were all fantastic captains for very different reasons. This point is moot.

Usually Bowlers aren't named captain because unlike a batsman their job is to be called upon and directed. It's the part of the game that truly is the team aspect but also individual's are called upon.

I'll agree 100% on the temperament part. Ultimately I like Broad as a cricketer, but as a captain, I don't think the decision was justified.

Posted by oscoli67 on (March 30, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

Anybody who throws the ball to Dernbach with 3 overs left when Jordan, Bresnan & even Bopara have overs left to bowl should be questioning whether they should be captain too. As captain he should have been bowling at the death, not looking after his own figures by finishing up before the absolute slog was on. There have been some promising performances in this tournament by England, not forgetting Root, Stokes and of course Kevin's absence. Fielding, captaincy & bowler rotation haven't been amongst them. I'm a huge fan of Broad, and love the commitment he brings every time he steps onto the field but I'm just not sure he's captaincy material. Dernbach had had a shocker in the field & anyone watching on TV could see he was ticking like a cheap watch. The captain not recognising that is the reason the team is going home.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

It was quite a good performance. Certainly better than expected. As Scott McHugh says above, the cricketing people in England don't seem to take 20-20 seriously. It's amazing that England have gone into the last two 20-20 world cups without KP, player of the series in 2010, who contributed massively to England's winning the only world tournament England has ever won. This seems unforgiveable.

Posted by delboy on (March 30, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

@Victor 6,6,6,6,6,6 is consistant. This time around his blushes are spared..

Posted by Guernica on (March 30, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

Should never have been made captain in the first place. I rate him as a bowler and cricketer, but when has it ever worked having a bowler as captain? On top of that his temperament isn't suited - you only have to look at his use of reviews. Finally, bowlers need rest and you obviously can't rest your captain.

Posted by cloudmess on (March 30, 2014, 11:08 GMT)

On what basis is Ashley Giles now going to be appointed head coach? On what basis is his candidacy automatically seen as better than anyone else available? This is the real issue, not about whether Broad captains or not. It's an absolute disgrace the way a few self-serving men in blazers are currently stitching up English cricket and condemning paying spectators to years of mediocrity again.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 30, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

T20 is hit and giggle, no one cares or remembers.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

Pieterson was missing which cost England dearly! They should look at their selection policy

Posted by delboy on (March 30, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

Why is Carberry excluded from the frequent flyers club? Bell ahead of Carberry or Patel for this format? Was Giles ex-warwickshire ?

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

It's an interesting dilemma for English cricket. The over-riding philosophy of managing top players seems to revolve around protecting them for Test cricket. There's almost a snobbery in this country when it comes to Tests. You're only a true cricket fan if you recognise the primacy of Test cricket, and most of us have been brought up to believe this. However, the rest of the world seems to see things a little different, and until we change our mindset we will not be able to take much pleasure from the international limited overs tournaments. Resting Jimmy Anderson for limited overs cricket is proof of how we see things. He's our most intelligent bowler, and has to be a better bet than a Dernbach or a Bresnan in T20s. But we want to protect him for Tests and then watch him come and take reams of wickets in bowler-friendly conditions in early summer. We should start to reconsider this approach.

Posted by android_user on (March 30, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

morgan should be captain of t20I and odi but Stuart broad should be kept in the team, he is a brilliant bowler

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (March 30, 2014, 9:55 GMT)

Let's face it: very few fans, myself included, expected England to get through the group stages. As JG2704 said on another thread, England lost one game via DL; won a game where Hales fired; lost this recent game by a measly 3 runs despite chasing a mammoth total... It's not been a total disaster. But Broad as captain has not worked for me. I'd have thought that as a bowler himself, he'd have known how to use his bowlers more smartly and know the basic truth that bowlers that take the pace off the ball do well in this format. England were missing Root who (surely?) could have bowled a full quota of overs, but I'd have backed Ali and Bopara over Dernbach/Bresnan/Broad himself in every game. I love Bell, but I couldn't see him making any difference to this team for T20's; why on Earth was he there instead of the likes of Samit Patel? Bell for tests and ODI's only in my opinion.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

Stuart is one of the most consistent and dedicated English players. If we had 11 who worked as hard there would be few problems - that is if the selectors ever managed to understand what is required.

Players who regularly fail are regularly picked. The fielding is generally pathetic. Players on central contracts do not play early season county matches and come totally out of form into early Summer internationals.

The coaching team seems to consist of specialists who are unable to correct any problems in technique as we saw with our tall quicks in Australia and, for that matter, the batting.

Posted by CodandChips on (March 30, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

Good. Got to go. Poor captain.

Morgan to captain both white-ball sides because:

1.Doesn't/shouldn't play test cricket (though probably will) so has no schedule burden so shouldn't need to be rested and miss games

2.Automatic selection

3.Strong leader (probably being Irish helps that)

4.Good tactically

5.Has some experience

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