Broad says time for talking is over
Stuart Broad has insisted England's players must put coach Andy Flower's words into practice if they are to avoid a humiliating one-day series whitewash against Australia.cricket Updated: Sep 15, 2009 12:36 IST
Stuart Broad has insisted England's players must put coach Andy Flower's words into practice if they are to avoid a humiliating one-day series whitewash against Australia.
Last month's Ashes triumph, which Broad helped seal with an inspired five-wicket haul at the Oval, is fast receding into the memory with England already 4-0 down in their seven-match limited overs series against Australia ahead of Tuesday's fifth clash here at Broad's Trent Bridge home ground.
"There have been a few (team meetings)," Broad said on Monday. "We've done a lot of talking during the first four games but it's all about actions now.
"There's only so much Andy can say for it to sink in and for us to learn from our mistakes.
"We've been told our roles and we know our game plans, we're just not executing them.
"There's nothing really that the management or coaching staff can do - it's up to the players to take responsibility and perform.
"We've obviously been making the same mistakes which isn't acceptable. The only place we can change that is out on the pitch and we need to do that at Trent Bridge."
Although world champions Australia have wrapped up the series, Broad insisted the next three matches were not 'dead' contests because of the upcoming Champions Trophy, which gets underway in South Africa next week.
"The series is gone, which is disappointing, but there's a lot of one-day cricket to come and we need to start building momentum coming up to the Champions Trophy," Broad said.
"Every international game is very important," he added. "You've got full houses of people paying to come and see the cricket so it's up to us to make it good fun and we need to improve our skills to make that happen.
"We need to improve because there's a lot of one-day cricket coming up. When we finished (the Ashes) I think it was 22 or 23 games on the bounce which is pretty unheard of," Broad, the son of former England opener Chris, said.
"One-day cricket tests out a lot of different skills. I thoroughly enjoy playing it and a lot of the boys enjoy playing it, it's just that we need to get a little bit better at it."