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Broad admits England were not good enough

England’s defence of their World Twenty20 crown ended tamely in defeat to hosts Sri Lanka. Stuart Broad’s inexperienced team were unable to chase down Sri Lanka’s total of 169 and made their exit from the tournament.

Of England’s batsmen, only Samit Patel put up any extended resistance. England’s big-hitters Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan were out early, putting paid to any chance England might have had of reaching the required run total. Graeme Swann offered a brief glimmer of hope with a spirited innings, but once Patel went, England’s chances went with him.

"You can look at the missed opportunities," the captain Broad said. "But I think throughout the whole tournament we've not quite been good enough. It has been a learning experience for us. It's very disappointing to have gone out because I believe we do have the firepower in that changing room to go far."

The focus will fall on the controversial absence of Kevin Pietersen, leaving England lacking in experience in their batting line-up. Pietersen is in negotiations to return to the England fold, but in the meantime Broad admitted that the inexperience of the players had been a problem.

“What you get with young guys is some days absolute brilliance and other days a bit of averageness," he said. "Obviously we didn't have enough players firing at the same time. The talent is certainly there. We've got guys here who haven't played a lot of international cricket. But as long as we learn from it, we will develop."

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