England's Stuart Broad desperate to regain pride in T20 matches
T20 captain Stuart Broad is determined to finish England's tour Down Under on a high after three months of misery.
Last Updated: 29/01/14 8:05am
The three-match Twenty20 series with Australia gets going on Wednesday in Hobart, being shown live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 8am.
Broad is one of five players who have remained in Australia and is now fully primed on turning around the fortunes of a team who have won once in 10 games in the Test and 50-over formats against Michael Clarke's outfit.
And with the World Twenty20 also less than two months away, the Nottinghamshire paceman said: "England cricket has been through a tough three months. There is a lot of hurt players because we have not done ourselves justice on the field.
"There is a real hunger in this group to finish this tour well. Australia have had the better of us for three months and for the five guys who have been involved in all three squads it has been a really tough time for us.
"We have an opportunity in a strong team to leave this tour with a little bit of happiness. That's what we want to do. It would be huge."
Australia, placed two spots below England in eighth on the Twenty20 rankings, will be missing David Warner, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson, who are being rested for the upcoming Test series in South Africa.
Despite being demolished in the Ashes series, Broad remains upbeat on the talent available to England with Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler highly rated at the crease, while Luke Wright, Alex Hales and Michael Lumb slot in straight from playing in the Big Bash League.
"We're very confident as a T20 side," he added. "We've had guys consistently performing especially in the Big Bash and there's a lot of confidence in our group, especially with our batting line-up with the power and skills we've got.
"I think in T20 cricket it is important not to focus too much on what the opposition do because if you get your skills right - someone gets 80 off 40 balls or someone gets three for 20 - you generally have a very good chance of winning.
"We have a very strong squad and a very confident squad and I think that's a really encouraging sign for us seeing as the tour hasn't gone so well."
While Broad refused to be drawn on the topic of Kevin Pietersen, rested after the Test matches, England's limited-overs coach Ashley Giles insists the match-winning potential of the hotly-debated batsman cannot easily be overlooked.
The World Twenty20 starts in Bangladesh on March 16 and with the final 15-man squad named early next month, the addition, or absence, of Pietersen's name could be significant after his England future continues to be under intense scrutiny following the Ashes whitewash.
England have routinely refused to speculate on any player's future over the last few weeks and, while Giles did not step away from the party line, when asked if Pietersen could yet have a role to play in the limited-overs arena he replied: "There is a place for anyone who can bring that tempo and win us games.
"Nothing has changed. We have still not picked the West Indies squad, T20 World Cup squad and obviously next year's World Cup squad, but we have to be careful.
"We have a lot of experience in that batting line-up. We have got to use it better."