Cricket - Broad rues decision to bowl first

England captain Stuart Broad blamed himself twice over for his team's 55-run Twenty20 defeat against New Zealand.

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Cricket - Broad rues decision to bowl first

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Stuart Broad admitted he 'made the wrong decision at the toss to bowl'

Broad followed his career-best four for 24 in Saturday's opening win in Auckland with his worst of none for 53 in Hamilton. He conceded 22 runs, largely to Brendon McCullum, in his final over and acknowledged afterwards that his own bowling was not up to scratch - and that he regretted his decision to put New Zealand in.

"We got certain parts of the game wrong tonight, and in such a short format you can't afford to do that," he said. "'Baz' [McCullum] played fantastically well - anyone who can get 70 odd off 30 balls has played a fantastic knock. After 15 or 16 overs, I thought we were really in the game - but I got it slightly wrong at the end, and it was always going to be a tough ask."

England ended up 137 all out, despite Jos Buttler's best efforts (54), after stumbling to nine for two and then 80 for seven.

"We needed to keep wickets intact," said the captain.

"But we didn't do that - and as soon as we lost three in the first six overs, we were struggling."

McCullum admitted he too would have put the opposition in, had he won the toss, but Broad added: "I made the wrong decision at the toss to bowl. The dew did change the wicket quite a bit, and the ball swung.

"The guys said it came off the wicket a bit two-paced as well. New Zealand just bowled length, and that's all they had to do.

"We didn't adapt to the conditions as well as we could have done.

"On such a small ground, we thought it would be hard to defend virtually anything. But New Zealand took early wickets - and as soon as you do that, you have a hold of the game."

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