England's latest defeat Down Under might be cause for woe for some, but captain Stuart Broad is choosing to focus on the positives that came out of it.

The embattled visitors suffered a 13-run defeat in their Twenty20 series opener in Hobart despite a late flourish from Ravi Bopara while chasing Australia's total of 213/4.

A loss in the second game of the series in Melbourne on Friday would consign England to their third successive series defeat of the tour, but Broad is confident they can avoid it.

While they started sluggishly in pursuit of Australia's total, Broad believes the fact that they still managed to get relatively close, thanks to a quickfire 65 from 27 balls from Bopara, bodes well for the upcoming games.

"Thirteen runs isn't a huge defeat," he said.

"I know it was glossed over a little bit by Ravi's hitting at the end. We didn't get moving as a batting unit but to still get 200 runs actually gives us quite a bit of confidence.

"We have to bounce back and we have to win at the MCG to stay in this series. I'm pretty confident we can do that.

"We're obviously very disappointed but a big strength of this side in particular, and the records show that, is we do come back from disappointments and losses pretty well.

"That will be what we have to do at the MCG."

Openers Cameron White and Aaron Finch combined for a century stand to give Australia the perfect platform to build off, with England being made to rue dropping White on 10 when Joe Root fluffed a routine catch at first slip.

"Putting down Cameron White in the first three or four overs and for him to then go and get 70-odd hurt us," Broad said.

"We have to find a way to take early wickets.

"Finch has hurt us in the games he's played and give our batsmen something more realistic to chase."

The match was also marked by a record 22 sixes, helped in no small part by a short boundary on the eastern side.

"For grown men 52 yards is not a big hit, is it?" Broad said.

"It was maybe a little bit weighed in the batsmen's favour but we've seen a record amount of T20 sixes.

"It is probably an imbalanced record because it was an absolute chip.

"We've seen a lot of entertainment and I think the MCG might be slightly bigger!"

Broad was also questioned over the omission of Ben Stokes, one of the standouts of a largely forgettable tour, and he insisted the all-rounder was still very much in England's future plans.

He defended the team selection, however, saying every player in the side deserved their spot.

"This T20 side the top seven has been pretty consistent for the last 18 months," he said.

"We've scored 200-plus on numerous occasions. Stokesy has been a form guy on this tour but has not featured a huge amount in the T20 stuff for us.

"The top seven deserve their spots with the consistency and performances they've done for the last year to 18 months.

"Stokesy is a wonderful cricketer and will play a huge part in the next three months there's no doubt. The guys that are in possession of the shirts who have done so well deserve to keep them."