Have to improve bowling for India match: Broad

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Bangalore, Feb 25 (PTI) England pacer Stuart Broad todaysaid his team will have to put up a vastly improved bowlingperformance, especially in the death overs, to thwart India intheir much-anticipated Group B encounter of the cricket WorldCup here on Sunday.

England''s bowling was all at sea against minnows theNetherlands, who notched up a competitive 292 in their openinggroup match.

England chased down the target successfully but thepathetic bowling performance left even their captain AndrewStrauss "shell-shocked".

Broad promised an improved show on Sunday.

"Mentally we know where we have to bowl. In the last gameagainst the Netherlands we didn''t execute our plans. We werevery expensive than what we would have liked. We have got goodplans to bowl on these kind of wickets. We just need toexecute those plans. Our bowlers didn''t hold their hands up inthe last match. We have to go back and practice hard," Broadsaid after practice here.

On coping with the spinning tracks in the sub-continent,Broad said, "We will have to see how the pitch is developing.

KP has played a lot of cricket and he has said the ball comesthrough nicely here. But there will be couple of patches outthere and if they are there, we will play two spinners. But wewill see on Sunday morning how the pitch is and we will seehow to go about it."

"We are enjoying the tour. Coming Sunday is going to be ahuge game for us in this world cup. Obviously each game isImportant for us to get through the group stage. We arelooking to get some momentum in the world cup and progress tothe next stage. Obviously we cannot do that before winning ourmatch on coming Sunday," he added.

Talking in retrospect about their game againstNetherlands, Broad said credit must be given to Dutchall-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, who scored a hundred and alsopicked up a couple of wickets.

"In Nagpur, the wicket was good and the outfield wasfast. We didn''t bowl the length we could have liked. Theyplayed well and then Doeschate played a great one-day innings.

We bowled too many short balls.

"It worked in the first few overs but when the ball gotsoft, it didn''t bounce enough. Probably, we didn''t have ourvariations right. We didn''t bowl the slower balls at the righttime. There is no need to panic from the bowling point ofview," he added. .

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