Broad backs batsmen to deliver

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England's biggest threats come from off-spinner Sunil Narine, pictured, and batsman Chris Gayle
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England's biggest threats come from off-spinner Sunil Narine, pictured, and batsman Chris Gayle

Stuart Broad is confident England will carry no mental scars into their ICC World Twenty20 Super Eight match against West Indies despite their performance against spin in Sunday's record 90-run defeat against India in Colombo.

England came through Wednesday's practice session at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, where they will bid to get their title defence back on track, and erase unwanted memories of that unequal struggle against Harbhajan Singh three days ago.

Broad, however, retains faith in his batting team-mates, saying: "It is important to get back into the nets and start feeling like hitting the ball again. It is all a mental state of mind, getting back in a positive frame of mind and reminding (ourselves) that we are good players who have performed consistently."

England will respect but not fear West Indies, for whom destructive opener Chris Gayle is merely one of several obvious dangermen, alongside off-spinner Sunil Narine.

"We played against West Indies this summer and we know they are a dangerous side. They have had success in the Twenty20 format, and they have players who have done well in the IPL."

Not least among those is Narine, but Broad points out England have not suddenly discovered in one jolting experience against India that they will have to master spin - and bowl a fair bit of it themselves - here.

"Coming to Sri Lanka, we have not found out yesterday that people are going to bowl spin at us. We sort of knew that, because that is the conditions we will face. It is important as individuals we counteract that. It's looking like it might be an option to go with two spinners, like we did in the opening game."

Sammy is happy to portray Narine as a major cause of concern for England - and to hint ominously at his team's hitting potential on a relatively small playing area.

"I think everyone who comes on to bowl has a big part to play, but Sunil is our trump card. He has done well for us, and we hope he'll have a big impact on the English batting line-up."

There is a theory that a well-struck ball flies further in the hill-country of Pallekele than by the sea - a suggestion which suits Sammy, who said: "Watching it on TV, it seems to travel ... I hope a few of the England bowlers will 'travel' as well."

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