Broad happy to have missed out on IPL thrills and spills

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According to Kevin Pietersen, more English bowlers should have taken the opportunity to play in the IPL. One such English bowler – Stuart Broad – doesn't agree, however. The Nottinghamshire fast man says he's pleased to have missed out this year with the World Twenty20 about to begin.

"Obviously, I want to experience the IPL at some stage – it looks a fantastic tournament," he said. "Every player involved in it has only got good words to say. But I am pleased I had the rest this time."

That rest has left Broad raring to go as yet another World Twenty20 – the last one, which took place in England, was less than a year ago – gets under way in the Caribbean. "I feel great. The rest was fantastic after [the England tour to] Bangladesh to make sure the body got rid of all the niggles," said the 23-year-old. "I feel really fresh and excited about what we can do in this tournament."

England were unable to rise to the occasion when they hosted theWorld Twenty20 – embarrassingly losing their opening match against the Netherlands at Lord's, then recovering in the group stages only to be beaten by West Indies on a rainy night at The Oval. But Broad believes they have made significant strides since then, and in any case were perhaps a little unlucky last year.

"We obviously stumbled against the Netherlands," he concedes. "But the great thing about this tournament is you can recover from that – and we qualified after beating Pakistan pretty convincingly and were actually quite unfortunate losing in a rain-affected game, where the Duckworth-Lewis stuffed us a bit."

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