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Broad looks to life after Pietersen

England captain Stuart Broad

England captain Stuart Broad

 

Stuart Broad is calling on England to find new match-winners in an improved atmosphere as they move on from Kevin Pietersen.

Broad flew on Thursday with his ICC World Twenty20 hopefuls for a short tour of the Caribbean, a chance for his young team to test themselves against the tournament holders on their home soil before this spring’s main event in Bangladesh.

The captain knows that a share of victories in three initial one-day internationals in Antigua - and even more importantly three Twenty20s in Barbados - are a must after the Ashes whitewash which hastened the end of record runscorer Pietersen’s England career.

Broad reflected at his Gatwick departure press conference on a winter of “disaster” and “heartbreak”, yet is confident England can get back on track.

Team director Andy Flower, who resigned, and then Pietersen - axed by the England and Wales Cricket Board - have left the fold since the 2013/14 Ashes humiliation.

An ECB statement later clarified an issue of “trust” as a key component of England’s future without Pietersen.

Broad had no major input as telling calls were made on the management and playing personnel who will try to take England forward.

“I was aware of discussions towards the end of the Australia tour, but (I was) not deeply involved particularly,” he said.

“It was a decision made by guys that have the English cricket team at their heart, and they want the team to improve.

“The guys that made the decision are very keen for English cricket to move forward.

“There’s no egos involved in making decisions like this. It’s about improving performances on the field and atmospheres off it.”

 
 
 

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