Friday 21 February 2014 

Video - Broad Talks KP, ICC WT20 & The Ashes

England Twenty20 International captain Stuart Broad talks about the decision to sack Kevin Pietersen, the 'disastrous' tour to Australia and the upcoming ICC World Twenty20.

Although Broad says he was not heavily involved in the decision taken by the England management team to release Pietersen from his central contract, he was aware of what was going on.

He is the first person from inside the England camp to speak publicly on the matter since the decision was made earlier this month.

"I was aware of discussions at the end of the Australian tour but not deeply involved particularly," he said.

"As I say, I'm T20 captain. It was a decision made by guys who have the English cricket team at the heart and they want the English cricket team to improve.

"There's no doubting that the guys who made that decision are very keen for cricket England to move forward and are very passionate about doing that.

"As T20 captain I'm really happy with the 15, 16 guys we're taking to the Caribbean and to the World Cup."

England won the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010 - with Broad (and Pietersen) in the side - and the all-rounder now leads a relatively young and inexperienced side to Bangladesh.

They will play New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and a qualifier when the tournament gets underway in March and Broad says he is excited ahead of the tournament, but well aware that improvement is needed.

"I think it's well documented in the subcontinent we haven't been up to scratch in the past," he said.

"We've got a great opportunity to work on the playing of spin, bowling of yorkers, the reverse swing and the Caribbean training facilities and playing facilities will be good for that so the players are excited about the potential of improving but most of all excited about the chance of winning games because it's been a while."

Broad was part of the touring party that endured what he calls a 'disastrous' tour of Australia in the winter, where England lost the Ashes Tests 5-0, the One-Day International series 4-1 and the Twenty20 International series 3-0.

"It was heartbreaking to go and lose 5-0, and we've lost a lot of good men in doing that," he said.

"Andy Flower stepped down, (Graeme) Swann retired, Trotty (Jonathan Trott) obviously went home, Finny (Steven Finn) went home.

"It was a winter that was a disaster but we have to look forward."

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