Sorry state of English cricket

England have never won a cricket World Cup, you can see why after the shambolic early exit, which has dominated the sporting agenda.

The reliance on stats tells you the story. Playing a match on margins off the field doesn’t win you games on it. Players who should be allowed to express themselves seem to be playing with shackles on.

The conditions are suited for batsmen yet England’s highest total was 309 against Sri Lanka. That game ended in defeat! That is the 20th highest score so far in the tournament while South Africa and Sri Lanka alone have hit more than that on four occasions, with the Proteas hitting over 400 twice.

Alex Hales, a big explosive player, sat on the sidelines throughout while it has been hard watching the continued struggles of Garry Balance before coach Peter Moores saw sense in dropping him.

All-rounders have worked wonders for other nations, especially with medium pace in the middle overs and Ravi Bopara only played once for England. That was against Afghanistan. That was the final match.

The reliance on swing bowling is England’s achilles heel. James Anderson and Stuart Broad had been hit around the park as there was no swing, yet Steven Finn, who had picked up the most wickets of the three was dropped.

After all the preparation that was put into the build-up for this tournament in Sri Lanka, where they played seven ODIs, an early exit is embarrassing, especially in the group they were in.

Bob Willis in his Sky Sports blog said: I think he (Peter Moores) had a nightmare. He got his tactics hopefully wrong.”

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Going forward a change of mentality is required for ODI cricket. Utilising the powerplay to its maximum and don’t be afraid to take the batting powerplay early if a good partnership has got going and force the oppositions hand.

Even against Scotland the tactic of waiting to the 35th over to use it was mind-blowing considering how well the opening partnership by Ian Bell and Moeen Ali had accumulated runs.

Bringing in players and allowing them to play with freedom. Players like Ben Stokes, who thrived in the Big Bash (Australian T20 competition), Ravi Bopara and Alex Hales rather than sticking with a struggling and somewhat boring side. A change of tactics needs to be made to see any sort of England success in the future.


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