New England captain Broad disappointed by heavy defeat

England captain Stuart Broad
Broad was playing in his 30th Twenty20 match for England

England captain Stuart Broad refused to hide his disappointment after their crushing nine-wicket Twenty20 defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in Bristol.

Broad, skippering England for the first time, could not stop the tourists winning with 16 balls to spare.

"It's obviously disappointing to lose the game as heavily as we did," said Broad, who turned 25 on Friday.

"We didn't get enough runs when we batted and Sri Lanka showed their experience, they didn't let us in."

Having won the toss, the tourists decided to bowl and England made a shaky start, being restricted to 12-2 before Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan put on 83 for the third wicket.

But they both fell in the forties and England's innings tailed off as they finished on 136-9, with Sri Lanka easing to victory courtesy of Mahela Jayawardene's 72 not out and an unbeaten 43 from Kumar Sangakkara.

"We started off sluggishly and although KP and Morgan played fantastically well to get us back into the game, we lost all our momentum when they were both out," added Broad.

"No-one could grab the game by the scruff of the neck to get some boundaries at the end and we knew we were 25-30 runs short.

"We felt if we could get early wickets in their innings and put the squeeze on in the middle overs, that might be our best chance of winning the game, but they didn't let us get near.

"We hoped for and needed early wickets to try and open up an end to bowl to, but it didn't happen and it's something we need to look at in the future."

Broad also defended England's decision to leave out in-form batsman Ian Bell, choosing instead to open the batting with Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb, who scored four and two respectively.

"Belly's in very good form in the Test match game, but look at the combination of Kieswetter and Lumb, they've hit county attacks to all parts and they set a very good tempo at the top, they're well suited to Twenty20.

"The other place Belly could go is in the middle order, but we felt we needed the extra bowler.

"You learn when these opportunities comes around, they're not very often - we've only got one more this summer against India.

"I learned a lot and I enjoyed the experience, even though it wasn't a very successful one."

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