Broad admits to batting shortfall

The Bolton News: Stuart Broad admits England did not get enough runs on the board against South Africa Stuart Broad admits England did not get enough runs on the board against South Africa

Stuart Broad became the second England captain in three days to rue his team's faulty batting on Saturday as his side suffered a seven-wicket defeat against South Africa.

England swapped Trent Bridge for Chester-le-Street, and 50 overs for Twenty20 - but the outcome was frustratingly similar for them as they posted a below-par score for the second successive match, and paid the price.

A total of 118 for seven had little chance of being a winning score, and Broad said: "It was a similar batting performance really - some soft dismissals in there. I think one thing we have to be very aware of is you win games of Twenty20 cricket with numbers eight, nine, 10 and 11 not batting. So we have to take the responsibility of having a batsman there at the end."

Spinners Robin Peterson and Johan Botha shared four wickets as England lost six for 45 at one stage, although Dale Steyn was imaginatively made man of the match for his figures of 4-0-13-1 - in his four one-over spells.

Broad cited some mitigation for England's batsmen, on a surface which also allowed him and Graeme Swann to bowl with economy as Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy took their time.

"Whether or not it's tough to find the boundary in the middle overs - I think that wicket was a bit like that, a bit sticky, a bit stoppy, and hard to know what a good score was - someone's got to put their hand up and try to bat through," he said.

"If you can be 30 or 40 not out, with three overs to go, you can really hurt a team - rather than leaving it to someone else.

"We were 20 or 30 short, probably - from bowling on it, (I'd say) it was quite a hard wicket for batsmen to strike the ball on."

Broad, whose team head for Manchester on Sunday before facing South Africa there on Monday, was encouraged by the new-ball burst from Steven Finn - who took one of three early wickets, alongside Jade Dernbach, and is being spoken of as one of England's most important weapons when they travel to Sri Lanka for the defence of their ICC World Twenty20.

"Positively, I think the way Finny started - the way we started with the ball - to pick up three wickets gave us a bit of a sniff," he said. "But when you're chasing such a low total, you never really have to get out of second gear and take too many risks. We were short, and it was a pretty disappointing batting display."

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