ICC World Twenty20: Stuart Broad claims Netherlands defeat sums up horrendous winter
Stuart Broad offered "no excuses" following England's humiliating defeat to Holland in their final World Twenty20 match.
Last Updated: 31/03/14 3:31pm
England were beaten by 45 runs after being bowled out for just 88 by Holland in Chittagong, meaning they return home having won just once in Bangladesh.
Only three players, Ravi Bopara (18), Chris Jordan (14) and Alex Hales (12), managed to get into double figures as England suffered a new low following a nightmare winter.
It was the second time in the history of the tournament the Dutch claimed the prized scalp of their European rivals, having enjoyed a final-ball victory at Lords in 2009. This time they defended a total of 133-5 with relative ease.
After sinking to a new lowest score for a full Test side against an Associate nation in the shortest form, Broad insists the embarrassment of a Dutch defeat epitomises the last six months, starting with an Ashes whitewash.
"It's hugely disappointing but there's no excuses from our side," the England skipper said during the post-match presentation.
"We should have won today, it was relatively simple chase, but a shocking chase.
"It sums up our winter really as an England cricket side."
Over the course of a gruelling winter England have suffered 18 defeats in all forms of the game, including losing all five Tests to Australia, and Broad believes fans have a right to feel aggrieved.
"It was pretty similar to the sort of batting displays we put in after we'd lost the Ashes in Australia, bit of a lack of commitment in the shots and that was a very disorganised chase," he added.
"The players have certainly let the small amount of fans who have travelled here down, but also English cricket fans at home."
Despite losing to New Zealand and South Africa, England still managed to amass totals of 172 and 193 respectively, while an unbeaten century from Alex Hales helped them chase down a target of 190 against Sri Lanka.
So after limiting Holland to 133-5, England appeared firm favourites to finish with a win. Instead they failed to even last 20 overs, their cause not helped by two run outs.
"If I hadn't been a part of the game and was just watching that, I'd be looking at the batting performance and say it was complacent," Broad admitted.
"No-one got going, no-one took responsibility and fair play to the Netherlands, they took their chance."
Broad believes England's failure to chase down the Netherlands' 133 is typical of the "horrendous" winter they have endured, but the 27-year-old is keen to accentuate the positives.
"In the past year we've had some problems chasing down scores, it's not just T20 cricket. It's a problem that we'll have to eradicate from our game," he said.
"But we've got a bit of time now to sit back and find the way forward. Obviously a bit of new era for English cricket coming, and that's exciting as well.
"You've got opportunities that will arise through it being such a horrendous winter.
"It's been an awful winter for us as a cricket side but we've got to get better, and sometimes that's exciting."
As the England and Wales Cricket Board continue their search for a permanent coach for all forms of the game, Broad admitted he is "not sure" how secure his future as limited overs captain is.
He added: "There's going be some decisions made right at the top over the next month or so and discussions will go from there.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed doing the role over the last couple of years but, like I said, today was extremely disappointing. It was a game we should have won."