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England Can Win ICC World Twenty20 Without Flintoff: Stuart Broad

By on May 28, 2009

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Promising fast bowler, Stuart Broad believes England is finally coming out from underneath the shadow of influential all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and has the potential to win the ICC World Twenty20 even without him.

Flintoff is recovering from a knee operation after being injured playing in the Indian Premier League last month. The availability of the talismanic all-rounder is yet to be confirmed for the June 4 event.

Earlier, England’s hopes of success would rest largely on the performance of Flintoff , who balanced the side with his ability to bowl at key parts of the innings and often contributed with runs down the order.

“We are definitely equipped to win the World Twenty20 without Fred,” insisted Broad. “We’ve played a lot of cricket without him in the last couple of years. I know I haven’t played a huge amount with him.”

“He’s obviously a very important player for us with bat and ball but players step up and take responsibility when he’s not here, that’s very important,” Broad said.

“We need to gain confidence of winning without Fred so when he comes back into the side there will be a lot of belief and confidence there,” he added.

Flintoff’s absence in the recently concluded one-day series against the West Indies had very little impact on the outcome, as the hosts comfortably sealed the series 2-0, after the first game was washed out. England dominated in all departments and clearly looked a top side.

“It’s obviously a very short series, but winning is very important all the time just to keep momentum going,” Broad said about the series.

“I think we’ve done that well when he’s not been in the side and that can only be good because when we get in a pressure situation with Fred in the side, Andrew Strauss will have options.”

Broad is one of those players captains Andrew Strauss and Twenty20 skipper Paul Collingwood look to fill the void left by the giant all-rounder. Broad has been doing the duties with the new ball with James Anderson, and if Flintoff misses the Twenty20 tournament, the responsibility will straightway fall on his shoulders.

“The extra responsibility is something I thrive on. I like taking the new ball and setting the tone in the first 10 overs,” he said.

It is pertinent to note that Broad had to put up with the humiliation of being hit for six sixes early in his international career and ironically in the maiden ICC World Twenty20 event in South Africa, when Yuvraj Singh scored 36 of his one over in Durban.

Since that moment, Broad has shown remarkable confidence and determination to reach the point where he has emerged as England’s leading strike bowler with 79 ODI wickets from 49 games.

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