The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
STUA RT BROA D was already casting his mind forward to “a new era of English cricket” after a three-run defeat to South A frica ended his side’s World Twenty20 hopes.
England have one more Super 10 match to fulfil, an unwanted banana skin against Holland, but cannot qualify for the semi-finals after falling just short of a huge 197-run target.
Captain Broad was disappointed not to have fared better in the competition but after a long and torrid winter he was also keen to look forward rather than back.
Since winning the A shes last summer, England have suffered a whitewash in the return series in A ustralia and lost a handful of senior figures including team director A ndy Flower, retired spinner Graeme Swann and the controversially sacked Kevin Pietersen.
A n early exit from the World T20 is small beer compared to those seismic events and Broad expects the England that will emerge from the wreckage this summer to be ready to start anew.
“We’re disappointed to be out of a World Cup but we can hold our heads high with some of the performances we’ve put in,” he said.
“It’s been a really tough winter and A ustralia was a really tough tour.
“It’s going to be new era of English cricket thatA pril, May period...it’s always been lined up as that.
“There’s going to be a decision on the coach so there might be a few changes in the next two months or so. Change can be exciting from time to time.”
Broad’s precise role in the new era may not be apparent immediately.
He has been struggling for some time with tendonitis in his right knee and is in need of a two-month rehabilitation period.
When he takes that will only be decided in discussion with the new coach, although a conversation must already have taken place with incumbent — and hot favourite — A shley Giles.
A t this stage, Broad could not even guarantee he would continue playing or captaining Twenty20s.
“I’m probably going to be unavailable for the start of the season one-day cricketwise to sort my knee out,” he said.
Reflecting momentarily on the specifics of his side’s defeat on Saturday, Broad diagnosed errors in the field and a superb innings from A B de Villiers, who blazed 69 no in 28 balls.
He said: “We’ve come up three runs short and there’s some pretty clear ways we could have stopped those runs but sometimes you have to hold your hands up. That knock fromA B was as good as you’ll ever see.
England take on Holland in Chittagong today and New Zealand play Sri Lanka.
India beatA ustralia by 73 runs in Dhaka.