t20 captaincy debut turns sour for Broad
Stuart Broadís England t20 captaincy got off to a less then memorable start after the t20 World Cup champions suffered a lacklustre nine wicket defeat against Sri Lanka at the County Ground in Bristol.
For the first time this summer the rain stayed away just when it was needed most by an England team who didnít even deserve to be called second best in a two horse race; such was difference in class between the two teams.
With the exception of Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen, the entire England team produce a terrible display with both bat and ball and questions will be raised as to why Ian Bell was left out of the line up.
Its easy to say Broad wanted to stamp his authority on the team but to leave out Englandís best batman in favour of Ravi Bopara because of his bowling options his further proof England still donít completely understand the shortest format of the game.
With Bell watching on from the dugout Bopara struggled with the bat during a 22 ball innings which produced just 19 runs; if you take into account the 12 runs conceded from his bowling Boparaís total contribution without taking a wicket was just seven runs.
If Bopara gave England options with the ball, the inclusion of Luke Wright was even more confusing; the Sussex opener scored just 9 runs before he was dismissed in the penultimate over after failing to make any sort of impression.
If Englandís performance with the bat was lacklustre, their bowling was no better as Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara filled their boots with the hosts buffet bowling.
Jade Dernbach impressed on debut with the wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya but with the exception of Broad no other bowler really trouble Jayawardene and Sangakkara as they cruised to a simple victory.
Itís hard to make an impression in your first game in charge but Broad and his teammates will need to look at their performances today before they take on India at Old Trafford in their next t20 International at the end of August.
If they produce another lacklustre display against the current ODI World Champions and suffer another heavy defeat, Broad will be under pressure after just two games in charge.