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Broad brags about T20 rout

15 February 2013 14:33

Stuart Broad said Friday's 10-wicket win over New Zealand in the series-deciding third Twenty20 was one of England's most dominant displays.

Chasing 140 to win in Wellington, Alex Hales smashed an unbeaten 80 and fellow opener Michael Lumb 53 as England cruised home with 44 balls to spare.

"I spoke to the players and decided it was important to put our wrong's right," England skipper Broad said.

"The way we started with the ball, and the tone we set, was fantastic.

"I think it kept them to probably 20 or 30 under their target.

"The power our two openers have shown there was pretty spectacular.

"It was probably the most powerful performance I've seen from an England side, given the result and the way we adapted to the conditions with the ball, which was brilliant."

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum made no excuses for his side, who mustered a paltry 139-8 after being sent in to bat.

"We couldn't do anything about it today - we were blown off the field," he said.

"Batting, bowling and fielding were nowhere near the standard they needed to be and England were ruthless in their approach.

"We expected to win the T20 series coming into it, so we are obviously disappointed to lose it."

The teams will now meet in a three-match one-day international series starting in Hamilton on Sunday.

"I expect us to bounce back strongly in the first game of the one-day series," McCullum said.

"That's the characteristic of the team that we are showing at the moment - our ability to bounce back.

"We are going to have to do so quickly because England must be reasonably confident after this performance, albeit with a new squad coming in for these games as well."

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