Wide confusion costly for England

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Stuart Broad, left, said England's last 10 overs in the field were decisive in their defeat to West Indies (AP) Stuart Broad, left, said England's last 10 overs in the field were decisive in their defeat to West Indies (AP)

England's 'groundhog' experience followed them all the way from Australia to Antigua as they lost a match they seemed set to win to go 1-0 down in the one-day international series against West Indies.

A century on ODI debut from 34-year-old opener Michael Lumb appeared to be carrying England to victory as they chased 269 for six.

But instead Stuart Broad's tourists paid, among other things, for their confusion over what is and what is not a wide in this format - and the captain admits they will be revising their game plan because of it.

Dwayne Bravo (87) and Darren Sammy (61) smashed 116 runs in the last 10 overs, and Broad and Tim Bresnan needed an on-pitch tutorial from umpire Marais Erasmus after he called the Yorkshireman for a wide.

Fellow seamer Chris Jordan also lost his line, in a strong crosswind at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, as West Indies recovered from 45 for four to post a target which proved beyond England, despite the heartening performance of Lumb (106).

"It was those last 10 overs with the ball that really hurt us," said Broad.

"The first 40 overs with the ball, I thought, were awesome.

"I really enjoyed how the spinners reacted to being asked to do slightly different things - in the powerplay and Rooty opening up.

"It's something other countries seem to do, but we're quite 'English' about it.

"I thought the spin at the start worked really nicely and is something we can carry forward."

If that plan worked well, England's next fell flat.

"If I'm brutally honest, we had quite a strong plan to bowl wide yorkers and get the guys hitting into the big wind, and we got done a little bit by not knowing the rules, I suppose," added Broad.

"It was a bit confusing out there, but if the batsman stands outside off-stump then the line doesn't move.

"Bresy got a little bit confused as to where the line actually belonged.

"I'm still not 100 per cent sure because Marais was a little bit unsure as well, I think.

"I need to clarify it myself ... but you might not see a lot of wide yorkers on Sunday."

Much of what Broad saw pleased him, but an inability to close out the match - as so often in Australia this winter - did not.

He said: "The two debutants got us in a very winnable position and, a bit like Adelaide, we managed to lose when we should have won.

"We got stuck at the end ... we've lost by 16 runs and it feels like we didn't score off the last 10 overs. The guys are really disappointed.

"When Lumby got his hundred, we didn't see the game even being close - let alone losing."

Lumb carried them as far as 180 for three, with 13 overs left.

"A debut hundred is a fantastic achievement," said the captain.

"I've been very pleased with a lot of things today, but we just fell at that final hurdle again.

"If it had been a pro40, we'd have won."

Broad himself bowled only six overs and later cited a "jarred back" as one of the reasons.

That problem will not keep him out of the second match on Sunday, but Eoin Morgan's bruised left knee may well do so.

"(He is) doubtful," said Broad.

"We know 'Morgs' is our ace in the World Cup, no doubt about that. It'd be daft of me to sit here and say he'll be fine for Sunday, because at the end of the day we want him fit for Bangladesh.

"If he doesn't come with us to Bangladesh, we lose a huge player. So I'd like to see him 100 per cent right before he gets back on the field."

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