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Broad looks to next generation

Broad speaks to the media.
Broad speaks to the media..

The England team have departed for the Caribbean, led by T20 captain Stuart Broad who has spoken to the media and insisted they need to move on after the recent ‘disasters’.

The squad haven’t even been home for three weeks before their next adventure sees them take on West Indies in six fixtures as preparation for the World T20 in Bangladesh which starts next month.

The last few months have been turbulent to say the least with a 5-0 Ashes defeat followed by a 4-1 ODI loss and 3-0 T20 reverse meaning they left their long tour of Australia with a 12-1 scoreline.

Since then star batsman Kevin Pietersen has effectively been sacked and head coach Andy Flower has stepped down while Graeme Swann retired halfway through the Ashes and Jonathan Trott went home after just one Test due to a stress related illness.

However, the future does look bright for England with Ben Stokes impressing over recent times while Gary Ballance and Scott Borthwick also debuted in Sydney. Even now a number of talented youngsters are putting their case forward for a place in the full team by their performances for the Lions.

When the media assembled at Gatwick airport this morning the inevitable questions about Pietersen occurred to which Broad responded:

"I was aware of discussions towards the end of the Australia tour but I was not deeply involved particularly," the fast bowler told Sky Sports.

"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 England 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. All I can focus on is this trip now.

"Personally I've not captained Kev a huge amount, but when I did 2012 I think was the last time, and he put in a couple of match-winning performances. He's done that for many a year but we've also won some great games without him.

"I have fond memories of KP from 2010 when he was the kingpin in helping us win that (Twenty20) World cup.

"But it's time for the guys in that changing room to realise they can be match-winners and can step up now.

"The decision was taken from guys who were desperate for England to improve in the future, not just in the next four or five months.

"We do have to make improvements, that's obvious, it was heart-breaking to lose 5-0 and we lost a lot of good men in doing that.

"It's a winter that was a disaster, but as an England side we have to look forward now. We can't dwell on it now and we must move forward."

Broad will lead his country in three ODIs in Antigua before a trio of T20s in Barbados before flying to Bangladesh for the World Cup and he has thrown down the gauntlet to the future of English cricket.

"There's no doubt Kev was a fantastic player for England, part of a hugely successful era. But we've got to look forward to these games and the Caribbean.

"We don't spend a lot of time together as a T20 side, so we've got to make use of these next three weeks.

"We are going to Bangladesh in three weeks' time with an opportunity to show something different.

"When you've lost so many games over the last six months, it hurts, so we've just got to get back to winning to be honest.

"Twenty20 is about match-winners and taking the game by the scruff of the neck, so that's the challenge for this young group now.

"There's no doubt the players let Andy Flower down this winter, the coach can only do so much.

"We let the coaches down this winter and it's up to the players to respond and perform on the field."

England play a warm-up game on Tuesday before the opening ODI next Friday in a squad that includes every single member of the World Cup squad.

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