Australia v England 1st T20I; Stuart Broad believes 214 could have been chased down
Stuart Broad believes the blame for his side's opening T20 defeat against Australia lies at the feet of his top-order.
Last Updated: 30/01/14 6:18am
Victory in the first of three T20 matches against Australia always looked unlikely for Broad's men after they were set a world record 214 for victory in Wednesday's day-night clash in Hobart.
Openers Aaron Finch (52) and Cameron White (75) both blasted half-centuries during a century stand for the first wicket as Australia amassed 213-4 batting first.
A true batting wicket and short boundaries meant England's high-profile batting line-up would have still fancied pulling off the chase, but, despite Ravi Bopara's unbeaten 65, that never looked likely after the loss of early wickets.
Speaking to Sky Sports afterwards, Broad said: "I didn't think 213 was actually too many. When you've got big powerful hitters targeting a short boundary it's hard to keep the run-rate below 10.
"There was some awesome hitting towards the end but we didn't lay a platform to give ourselves the best chance. We didn't play as well as we could have done. Scoreboard pressure played a big part and you're always going to feel the pressure.
"Ravi was awesome towards the end but we didn't really play as well as we could have done. Still, 400 runs in a day, in 40 overs, is pretty incredible really."
The three-match series continues in Melbourne before England's torrid tour of Australia concludes in Sydney.
And Broad has backed his side to respond brightly to their disappointing night at the Blundstone Arena.
"We didn't get firing as much as we'd want to but a big strength of this England Twenty20 side is generally coming back from losses," he added.
"We've come back from losses and hopefully we'll do that at the MCG (on Friday)".
A crucial moment in the match came in the third over of the Australia innings when man of the match White was dropped by Joe Root at slip off Broad's bowling before going on to post 75.
Broad admits England's fielding in all facets of the game has not been up to scratch in recent times.
"We could have taken our catches, that was important and that's happened all year. In Tests last year we dropped 35 catches and we need to iron that out."