Andrew Flintoff’s countryman and England’s T20 skipper, Stuart Broad has said that he is pretty disappointed with the performance of the English team in the first T20 match against South Africa at Chester-le-Street.
The English team was completely outclassed by the Proteas in the first T20 match. South Africa defeated England by 7 wickets and got ahead by 1-0 in the 3 match series. The English skipper was livid with the team’s performance. In the post match interview, he said that if the team continues to play like this, it would be very difficult for the team to defend World T20 Championship in Sri Lanka after a few days.
The England team made only 118 runs in 20 overs after losing 7 wickets. The English batsmen again struggled to play the big shots against the spinners. The two South African spinners, Robin Peterson and Johan Botha, bowled quite economically in the match and gave away only 27 and 19 runs respectively in 4 overs. Both the players took two wickets as well and prevented the English team from putting up a big score. Craig Kieswetter was the top scorer for England in the match. He scored 25 runs. None of the other batsmen managed to go past 20.
The South African team didn’t make a very good start in reply and lost some quick wickets upfront. But, it was Jacques Kallis again who put up a match winning partnership with JP Duminy and saw the team home. Broad said that the English batsmen are not applying themselves against the spinners. Whenever the spinners come on to ball, the English batsmen get into a bit of tangle which is not a good sign.
As per Broad, the English batsmen should play the spinners with an aggressive mindset. They should try to break the rhythm of the South African spinners by hitting some attacking shots against them when they come on to ball. The second match of the T20 series will be played on 10th of September at Old Trafford, Manchester.