LONDON — The man who could have changed England’s fortunes was star batsman Kevin Pietersen, the man of the tournament in 2010 who was confined to the TV studio in Colombo after being axed for disciplinary reasons. Pietersen was cast into international exile after sending text messages to South African players that contained criticism of then England skipper Andrew Strauss during the recent test series.
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Broad refused to dwell on Pietersen’s absence, but admitted his side lacked experience to match the firepower of the other teams.
“What you get with young guys is some days of absolute brilliance, and other days a bit of averageness,” he said. “I think, as a team, we’ve probably shown that. It has been a learning experience for us. Obviously, we did not have enough players firing at the same time.
“The talent is certainly there. You see on the domestic scene that these are the guys who are performing week in and week out.
“But it’s a learning experience when you come into the international scene. “We’ve got guys here who have not played a lot of international cricket.”