Colombo: For England, like for most of the rest of the field, the real competition begins now. Having taken care of Afghanistan and secured their place in the Super Eights, England will warm up for the challenges ahead as they seek to defend their ICC World Twenty20 title when they runs into India in their final Group A league fixture, at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.
“We had some good challenges over the last few weeks,” said Stuart Broad, the England captain. “It’s been a real advantage for us to have a couple of weeks together before this tournament started. We played against South Africa, who are a world-class team. Australia and Pakistan over here (in the warm-up matches) were really good challenges as well. We have been performing and competing against top level teams, so it’s not like we are coming against India as our first real challenge in the last few weeks. We do know the dangers they offer. But if we focus on what we did really well today, we can be a challenge for anyone.”
“If we have batsmen towards the end, you can see how dangerous we can be,” said Broad, referring to the fact that his team smashed 87 in the last five overs against Afghanistan. “And the aggression we showed with the ball and in the field to take our chances like we did was superb. I said at half time that the day is only 50 percent done, we did it fantastically well but we need to stay calm and deliver our skills. We did that really well for the first ten overs and that’s something we need to continue with on Sunday.”