Hales' innings was absolutely fantastic: Broad

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Published: Monday, June 25, 2012, 15:28 [IST]
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Broad heaps praise on Alex Hales

Trent Bridge, Jun 25: England T20 skipper Stuart Broad pleased with the team's exciting win over West Indies, credited the win to his team mates and heaped praise on Alex Hales' stunning knock which happens to be the highest individual score by an English batsman in T20s.

Talking about the team's seven wicket win over Windies, Broad said England played very well as they can improve a lot as a team.

"We did some really good things today. There are certain things we can improve on, West Indies hit it fantastically at the death," said Broad.

Chasing a challenging 173 to win, England side reached the target with ease as they banked on Alex Hales' 68-ball 99, the highest individual score by an England batsman which guided the team to win the T20 International with two balls to spare.

"It was a competitive score although the wicket was pretty good and we were always pretty confident we could chase that and the way Alex Hales batted was absolutely fantastic," said Broad after his team's one-off T20 against West Indies on Sunday.

Talking about Hales missing out a century against Windies, England skipper said, "He was pretty distraught not to make his hundred and 20-odd thousand people in Trent Bridge felt the same."

Broad also said his team played quite well to get past the challenging target of 173 which was indeed a great effort having conceded so many runs.

"Having not played Twenty20 cricket for a while, you expect to be a little bit rusty in the thinking, not so much the skills," he said. We didn't maybe react as quickly as we could. But at the end of the day, 170 on what was a fantastic Trent Bridge wicket with a quick outfield, we were happy with."

Broad further added saying that Hales' first class record was fantastic and the player deserved to be picked, as he utilised the opportunity and his performance deserved the man of the match award.

"He deserved his chance. It's fantastic when a guy is put into the side and follows it up with a man-of-the-match performance and wins England the game.

"It's great to see young players coming into the team, and standing up and performing.

With England scheduled to play more games this season, all the players would get a chance to serve the national team and the pool of youngsters suggest that they have it in them to win matches for England, said the skipper.

"We've not got a huge amount of games between us but we've got the talent in the dressing room to win games of cricket. That's what it's all about," concluded Broad.


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