Broad looking to a new era

The Bolton News: Stuart Broad says 'we're disappointed to be out of a World Cup but we can hold our heads high' Stuart Broad says 'we're disappointed to be out of a World Cup but we can hold our heads high'

Stuart Broad was already casting his mind forward to "a new era of English cricket" after a three-run defeat to South Africa ended his side's World Twenty20 hopes.

England have one more Super 10 match to fulfil, an unwanted banana skin against Holland, but cannot qualify for the semi-finals after falling just short of a huge 197-run target.

Captain Broad was disappointed not to have fared better in the competition, which England won in 2010, but after a long and torrid winter he was also keen to look forward rather than back.

Since winning the Ashes last summer England have suffered a whitewash in the return series in Australia and lost a handful of senior figures including team director Andy Flower, retired spinner Graeme Swann and the controversially sacked Kevin Pietersen.

An early exit from the World T20 is small beer compared to those seismic events and Broad expects the England that will emerge from the wreckage this summer to be ready to start anew.

"We're disappointed to be out of a World Cup but we can hold our heads high with some of the performances we've put in," he said.

"If we had got out of the group there'd have been a lot of surprised people, no doubt about that. So yes, we're disappointed, but we did some pretty good stuff with the squad we had available.

"It's been a really tough winter and Australia was a really tough tour.

"It's been draining and I'll have to be honest I'm looking forward to a bit of a break.

"It's going to be a new era of English cricket that April, May period...it's always been lined up as that.

"There's going to be a decision on the coach so there might be a few changes in the next two months or so. Change can be exciting from time to time."

Broad's precise role in the new era may not be apparent immediately.

He has been struggling for some time with tendonitis in his right knee and is in need of a two-month rehabilitation period.

When he takes that will only be decided in discussion with the new coach, though a conversation must already have taken place with incumbent - and hot favourite - Ashley Giles.

At this stage, Broad could not even guarantee he would continue playing or captaining Twenty20s.

"I don't know. It's not a question I can really answer having just walked off the field," he said.

"I'm probably going to be unavailable for the start of the season one-day cricket-wise to sort my knee out.

"It's hard to say 100 per cent, I don't know who is going to be the new coach and it will have to be run past whoever takes charge.

"It's pretty sore and needs sorting out and in international cricket you can't perform when you're carrying an injury."

Reflecting momentarily on the specifics of his side's defeat on Saturday, Broad diagnosed errors in the field and a superb innings from opposite number AB de Villiers, who blazed 69 not out in 28 balls.

"We've come up three runs short and there's some pretty clear ways we could have stopped those runs," he said.

"We missed chances and South Africa outfielded us, no doubt about that.

"But sometimes you have to hold your hands up. That knock from AB was as good as you'll ever see.

"The whole game was pretty much reliant on AB's knock."

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