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Broad: Time for a break

Stuart Broad admitted England were looking forward to coming home after an 84-run defeat to Australia in the third Twenty20 international.

England have been in the country for more than three months, during which they lost the Ashes series 5-0, went down 4-1 in the ODIs and 3-0 in the T20 action.

Despite those results, T20 skipper Broad remains confident England can recover in time to mount a challenge at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March. Prior to that, they visit West Indies for a limited-overs tour, starting in the last week of February.

"We've got a two-week break at home and it will be good to get our minds away from cricket before we go to the Caribbean for some one-day and T20 cricket leading into the World Cup in Bangladesh," Broad told Sky Sports.

"We know we're a decent T20 team. We did not perform in this last week but it's difficult to get the group together when you're playing quite sporadically.

"I think our last T20 was in August. It will be good to get together and be

able to work on specific things. We will learn from this and push forward and I

think we stand a decent chance in Bangladesh."

"We've been in Australia for 100 days, it's a long time and it's always harder when you're losing. We'll get away from cricket, have a little break and come back refreshed to train hard for the Caribbean and be in the short of shape you need to be in for World Cups.

"We've got a dangerous side, there's no doubt about that."

Broad highlighted bowling and top-order batting as the areas most in need of improvement, but believes that the World Cup will refocus minds and bring the best out of England players who have had their morale depleted Down Under.

"There are places up for grabs and that should spur some guys on now," he said. "There will be a lot of hunger to improve from the players and I will be expecting some better performances."