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‘Made Associates proud’

Calcutta: England slumped to a 45-run defeat against the Netherlands in their final Group I match, on Monday, to end their World T20 campaign on an embarrassing note.

Chasing a modest 134 for victory, England, already eliminated from the tournament after suffering losses against New Zealand and South Africa, were shot out for just 88.

The England total was the lowest ever posted by a full-member Test side against an Associate nation in the shortest format of the game.

The result, obviously, delighted the Netherlands captain Peter Borren. At the presentation ceremony, Borren praised the “fantastic effort” by his boys and said that he is “proud” of them.

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Peter Borren: It was a fantastic effort from all the guys. I thought we didn’t get enough runs on the board and the bowlers would find it difficult to defend the total. But then before the England innings, I told my teammates that it was our last chance in the tournament to make a mark and let’s put in our 100 per cent. And the guys didn’t disappoint. I’m really proud of the guys for their effort.

England are obviously a fantastic team… We played better cricket than England today.

It’s a really nice way to end the tournament and I think we’ve made the people back home very proud. We’re here representing all the associates and with these performances, it has shown the strength of associate nations.

Stuart Broad: It sums up our winter really. It was pretty similar to our batting displays when we lost the Ashes in Australia.

Lack of commitment in the shots and a very disorganised chase it was. The bowling and fielding was ok, we just lacked a bit of hunger with the bat by the looks of it.

No one got going, no one took responsibility and Netherlands took the chance. We have a problem chasing down targets. We lost quite a few games recently but we need to find a way forward. We’ve lost a lot of key players like Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann… But, as a cricket side, we need to get better. It was a relatively simple chase but a shocking chase in the end.

I’m not sure whether I’ll keep captaining the T20 side. There are going to be decisions made at the top in the next few weeks but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my stint as captain.

Mudassar Bukhari (MoM): It feels nice to contribute to the team’s success. I haven’t taken any wickets in the whole tournament so I wanted to prove a point. The surface helped me a bit today… It was stopping a bit when you hit the deck hard. So varying the pace was important.