Stuart Broad said it was “heartbreaking” that England were beaten at home after seven years, calculating that the loss was due to two factors: inexperienced hitters and the absence of key players. Broad, however, stated that his team cannot have excuses in the Indian series.
England reached the low point of the Chris Silverwood era last week when the Three Lions suffered their first series loss at home in seven years by a New Zealand team that laid off several of its key players. Rain saved England in the first round at Lord’s, but there was no such rescue in the second round at Edgbaston, as the Kiwis defeated Joe Root’s men by eight wickets to record a famous series victory.
Analyzing the loss in his Daily Mail column, Stuart Broad blamed the young hitters. England rested their IPL stars and lost Ben Stokes’ services due to injury, and that meant they lined up a relatively inexperienced batting lineup. The youngsters failed the test and Broad acknowledged that the 1-0 series loss highlighted the importance of experience in international cricket.
“Until you are put under the kind of pressure that is created in international cricket, you don’t know how young players will cope and the 1-0 defeat of a team contesting the World Test Championship final this week demonstrated the Importance of Testing Experience, ”Broad wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“It’s not just about playing perfect forward defense, it’s about dealing with the pressure and momentum changes in the game, and the inability to do that was what lost the series for us.
“When the pressure came over us with the bat in the third inning, we couldn’t absorb it. It wasn’t a technical matter, rather a lesson in what world-class cricket is like.”
With the exception of Joe Root, the English batting unit comprises batters with unorthodox styles, and the technique of these batters, after the game, was criticized by Nasser Hussain, who criticized the English batters for refusing to “hit correctly.” Broad said he had sympathy for hitters who had their techniques dissected, but insisted they deserved criticism for playing loose throws that were inexplicable in nature.
“I had sympathy for some of the hitters when they were dissecting their techniques, but at the top level you also deserve criticism at times. We drove balls we didn’t need to, we got fired in a way that New Zealand planned to fire us; Falling into traps is actually the most disappointing thing in test cricket for a batsman.
“Four or five of us did that. It’s heartbreaking to lose a first round of home testing in seven years, but let’s face it: due to schedules, Covid, and bubbles, we were a weakened side, “Broad said.
The 34-year-old sprinter further said he understood why the key players were off for the New Zealand series, but assured the Three Lions cannot have excuses at the India Trials.
“We want our entire team to be on the field against India, in the Twenty20 World Cup and the Ashes. If we had our best team against New Zealand, where would we have given the players a break?
“However, there will be no excuses when it comes to the results of the Indian series going forward.”