Cricket World Cup 2023: England should stick with Jos Buttler and Matthew Mott – Stuart Broad
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Cricket World Cup 2023: England should stick with Jos Buttler and Matthew Mott – Stuart Broad

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England should stick with captain Jos Buttler and coach Matthew Mott despite a “disastrous” World Cup, says former fast bowler Stuart Broad.

The holders have won only once in seven games in India and need to beat the Netherlands on Wednesday to have hope of qualifying for the Champions Trophy.

“Jos will learn what has gone wrong and why,” Broad told BBC Sport.

“There are guys that they will move on from, and build some faces that Jos Buttler can lead and drive forward.”

England won the 50-over World Cup for the first time in 2019 and added the T20 crown in Australia a year ago to become the first men’s team to hold both white-ball world titles simultaneously.

But their shambolic campaign in India has had echoes of a similarly awful tournament in 2015, which Broad was a part of.

Following their first-round exit in Australia and New Zealand, England rebuilt their squad under former captain Eoin Morgan, leading to the triumph on home soil four years ago.

Broad, who played 121 one-day internationals, won only two more caps after the 2015 World Cup.

“It is like the whole team has lost form at the same time,” said Broad. “They have barely put a foot right at this World Cup, which has been difficult to watch.

“I’m not of the belief it should be a rip up of the strategy. I would keep Matthew Mott as coach and Jos Buttler as captain.

“There are some fresh faces that need to come into the group to really stamp home what the strategy is, playing without the fear of failure and really taking the game on. That naturally happens after a World Cup anyway.”

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The top eight sides from the 10-team group at the World Cup will qualify for the Champions Trophy in Pakistan in 2025.

England, currently bottom of the table, need to beat the Netherlands in Pune on Wednesday and Pakistan on Saturday to ensure they do not miss out on a major men’s global tournament for the first time.

Broad, who retired from international cricket in July after playing a starring role in the home Ashes series, was twice part of England sides that lost to the Netherlands in T20 cricket.

“The Netherlands are a team that have excited world cricket over a period of time,” said Broad, who took 604 wickets in 167 Tests for England.

“They have won important games at World Cups. England won’t be taking them lightly. It will be really interesting to see the make-up of their team, with the Champions Trophy on the line. It’s time for England to deliver.”

England’s second defeat by the Netherlands, in 2014, was also Broad’s last match as T20 captain, a role he had held from 2011.

In his new autobiography, Broadly Speaking, he reveals he was not ready to be given the job when he was appointed as a 24-year-old.

“I didn’t quite know what type of cricketer I wanted to be at that time,” he said. “If I didn’t know the style of cricketer I wanted to be, how could I lead a group of people in a style a team wants to play?

“It was three or four days here and there every few months. It’s very hard to get any messages across. It’s very hard to turn an England captaincy role down, but it wasn’t something I was ready for at the time.”

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Broad’s spell as T20 captain was the only time England had three leaders for the three different formats, with Andrew Strauss in charge of the Test side and Alastair Cook skipper of the one-day team.

The white-ball and Test jobs have remained separate since Cook, then Test captain, was replaced by Morgan as limited-overs leader at the end of 2014.

Current Test captain Ben Stokes came out of one-day retirement to play at the World Cup in India and will have surgery on a long-standing left knee issue at the end of the tournament.

With Stokes then racing to be fit in time to play in the five-Test series back in India in January, there have been some calls for the 32-year-old to be left out of England’s final two matches.

But fielding coach Carl Hopkinson said: “Ben loves playing for England. He loves winning games for England. If he can help England qualify for the Champions Trophy and put in a performance to do that, that is what he will do first and foremost.

“He thinks of the next game in front of him. Hopefully he can do that against the Netherlands and against Pakistan.”

SOURCE : www.bbc.co.uk

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