Colombo: Young England paceman Stuart Broad has come back strongly against Sri Lanka in the one-day series after becoming the fourth bowler in history to be smashed for six sixes in an over.
The 21-year-old played a big role in England's tense two-wicket win over the hosts at Dambulla on Sunday, scoring an unbeaten 20 on a difficult track to help his side chase a 164-run target for a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Broad's gutsy performance came just two weeks after he was hit for six sixes in an over by Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh in a World Twenty20 match at Durban in South Africa.
"It was obviously not a pleasant experience, but I didn't lose any sleep over it. It happened. I can't get away from that, but I think I've come back pretty strongly," Broad said.
"I could have bowled better. I bowled a poor over, to be fair, but my variations are something I can work on. It was quite nice coming to Sri Lanka straightaway, and I could focus on my practice for 50-over cricket."
Former West Indies skipper Garry Sobers, Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri and South African Herschelle Gibbs are the other batsmen to have hammered six sixes in an over.
Many would have found it difficult to recover from such a mauling, but Broad was made of a sterner stuff. He bounced back quickly to play a key role with both ball and bat in his very next tournament.
Broad, son of former England batsman Chris Broad, has so far grabbed six wickets in three games on low, slow Sri Lankan pitches, and contributed vital runs as a lower-order batsman.
Broad said he was unlikely to be the last bowler to concede six sixes in an over in the Twenty20 game.
"Twenty20 gives batsmen a real freedom and I'm sure it will happen again in the future. I was the bowler it happened to in this World Cup, but I'm sure it will happen again," said Broad.
He said he was focused on the ongoing series and hoped to continue in the same vein to help England win.
"In our team meetings it's popped up a couple of times that we could be the first (England) side to win on the sub-continent for 20 years," he said.
"It's very exciting going into the next game knowing if we get our games 100 per cent right, no matter what we'll do, we'll come away with a series win."
England's last one-day series victory in the sub-continent came in Pakistan in 1986-87.
The last two matches will be played here on Wednesday and Saturday.