Twenty20 test excites Broad
Stuart Broad is looking forward to the World Twenty20 tournament despite his bad memories of the last event.
Last Updated: 26/05/09 10:47am
Stuart Broad insists he is looking forward to the upcoming World Twenty20 tournament despite it bringing back his worst memory in cricket.
Broad became the first bowler to be hit for six sixes in an over in a Twenty20 International by India's Yuvraj Singh during the inaugural tournament two years ago.
The 22-year-old though has already showed that despite his inexperience he is a determined character and he has bounced back in all forms of the game - he was the fourth highest one-day international wicket-taker in world cricket during 2008
Despite his age, Broad has 47 one-day internationals and 15 Tests already under his belt and, while acknowledging that he could be smacked for plenty of runs during the Twenty20 competition, he is fully relishing the task.
"Anyone can get hit," he insisted. "You can see that in the amount of Twenty20 cricket that is being played now.
"They bring the boundaries in, they make it smaller and everyone wants to see fours and sixes so as a bowler you've got to accept sometimes you're going to be on the receiving end.
"The important thing is how you bounce back, how you improve as a bowler and how you learn new deliveries and practice different skills.
"It's important that, certainly at a young age, to learn from it, take it in your stride and turn everything into a positive. It was a chance to really improve me as a bowler and I couldn't be happier with the way the last year has gone."
England won only one of five matches in South Africa, but Broad believes that hosting the tournament will give them an advantage this time around.
"I think hosting the event is a massive plus for us," admitted Broad. "Twenty20 is really big in England on the domestic side so to be having the World Twenty20 is going to make the crowds even more excitable.
"The crowds in England love it when players hit fours and sixes and I imagine with a tournament like this they're going to love it even more, I think it's going to be a really exciting event.
England face Holland and Pakistan in their group, but Broad warned that their opponents will be no pushovers.
"We definitely don't have an easy group," Broad warned.
"All international cricket is competitive and the Pakistanis are just as dangerous as any other team in this tournament, perhaps even more so since they got through to the final of the World Twenty20 in 2007.
"We'll have to perform at our best and work hard as a team to develop our game to do well. It's certainly not an easy group and the Netherlands are also on the up."