London - England bowler Stuart Broad has revealed that he has apologised for
missing a sponsor event last week, following media reports he had been
out drinking the night before.
Broad was due to appear at a
function in London last Thursday to preview the forthcoming two-Test
series with New Zealand, but failed to turn up.
The Daily Mail
claimed it was because he had been out with former England wicketkeeper
Matt Prior until 7am, but the 28-year-old said he had actually been
suffering from a migraine.
"I don't want to go into massive detail
about it, but I think it was probably not as bad as it was portrayed.
And I woke up with a migraine," Broad said in comments published by
several British newspapers on Monday.
"I wasn't on England duty
for the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) but I did apologise for
putting them in that position because after the week they've had with
(Andrew) Strauss and (Kevin) Pietersen, it was probably not what they
Broad's no-show followed the announcement by new ECB
director of cricket Strauss that Pietersen was not part of his plans
despite the batsman's return to county cricket due to a "massive trust
Strauss has had to weather criticism in the aftermath and
Broad says that the only way England can change the headlines is by
producing positive performances on the pitch.
"I feel like now is
the time as a team that we need to go 'cricket, cricket, cricket'
because when we do that, that is generally when we get some good
results," he said.
"We've got to win games. Sport is that sort of
world. If you're losing, you deserve to get that sort of crap. If you're
winning, you generally get less crap and people enjoy watching you
"It's vital to win this series against New Zealand. It's a
good opportunity going into the first Test for us to concentrate on the
actual cricket, how we are going to up our game, get results and how we
are going to up our love for cricket as a country."
accused Broad of being part of a bullying culture in his autobiography,
but while Broad backed Strauss's stance, he said reports of friction
between him and Pietersen had been overplayed.
"I've genuinely not
spoken to anyone above me or to anyone in the team about Kevin," Broad
said. "It doesn't hurt me or anything like that, but when people try to
put big divides between players and Kevin...
"We shared the
changing room for eight, nine years. He's helped me from time to time.
We've never raised voices against each other. It's perceived to be worse
than it is between the players."