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Stuart Broad Slams Timing Of Kevin Pietersen Debate

Stuart Broad Slams Timing Of Kevin Pietersen Debate
Broad is unhappy with the timing of the debate on Kevin Pietersen's return.
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England pacer Stuart Broad reckons that restarting the debate on former teammate Kevin Pietersen is a distraction to his team as they prepare for their upcoming World Cup matches.

Broad’s words came after incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves’ statement on Sunday wherein the latter stated that the doors were still open for Pietersen’s return, provided the batsman has a good stint in county season.

“To be honest being with this group we have had a tough last week,” Broad said.

“This is a huge two-week period for us in this winter and World Cup and the last thing this group needs is a KP media storm popping up again.”

“I can’t be bothered with it because we have to genuinely get tight as a group and push towards this Bangladesh game and win it.

“It is surprising it has raised its head again.”

With England having won only one of their three games in the 2015 World Cup thus far, Broad opined that this debate was the last thing the team needed during such a pressure phase.

“For our group it is poor timing. We don’t need that distraction.

“We’ve got better things to be focusing on.”

The 28-year-old pacer admitted that the only way his side could keep their minds out of this issue is by notching up wins on the playing field.

“Exactly, and it is in our hands.”

Broad, who has had a dismal World Cup so far, claimed that England’s woes were due to their obsession with analysis of the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses.

“Yeah, but that is our fault as well because we’ve got it there to look at.

“On our iPads there is a dossier on the other teams and you can go into it if you want to, and there I am beavering away.

“When we were at our best, we had characters like Trotty and Swanny.

“They couldn’t give a crap what anyone else was doing.

“They hardly knew who we were playing against.

“Maybe as a playing group we can get stronger with not bothering what the opposition are doing.”

“We did that naturally when we had a lot of experience in our team. “

Broad further stated that the current side, which is short on experience, could do well without this analysis thereby enabling them to play freely.

“Now is the time for us to find our identity, rather than not worrying about what everyone else is doing.

“I have been looking at things like where Dilshan’s strong areas are and where shouldn’t you bowl to Sangakkara, but actually from now on I’m not interested in that.

“I’m going to run in and bowl what I’m good at.”

England’s next World Cup match is against Bangladesh on 9th March at Adelaide.


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