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England are a bit stereotyped; we didn't play well to get to the quarter-final and I think the result today has summed that up. In one-day cricket we're way behind the eight ball.
Sir Ian Botham
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England were never good enough to win the World Cup - but were beaten as much by their own exhaustion as anything Sri Lanka did in a one-sided ICC World Cup quarter-final.
That was the verdict of Sir Ian Botham and Nasser Hussain as Andrew Strauss' men limped out of the competition on the back of a sorry 10-wicket drubbing.
Batting first, England struggled to a decent 229-6 from their 50 overs only to see openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan both plunder centuries as the co-hosts cantered to victory with more than 10 overs to spare.
The crushing defeat draws the curtain on a long winter and although their technicial deficiencies were severely exposed by Sri Lanka, the time on tour and heavy schedule also came under attack from two former captains.
"I think they've been exhausted," Hussain told Sky Sports.
"Look at the injury list, look what's happened to the likes of Yardy - it has been a demoralising winter as far as the amount of cricket and the scheduling. It has been ludicrous to be honest.
"I think the ECB know that, I think the players know that and Andy Flower must be spewing about the amount of cricket they've had.
"If England carry on like this, they are going to lose more and more players. It will be taking far too much out of our captain, our coach, all our boys who play all forms of the game.
"But the bottom line is England are not a good one-day side. They're an OK one-day side.
"In Test-match cricket character, attitude and team spirit will get you so far but in one-day cricket it's just about raw ability. And we're not quite producing the cricketer with great ability."
In the Test arena England of course, won the Ashes in the winter, dismissing Australia in dominant fashion.
They they went on to lose the one-day series down under and Botham believes that rather than provide a nice warm-up for the World Cup, those seven matches meant they were always going to be struggling to fire on all cylinders.
The fact that Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Ajmal Shazhad and this week Michael Yardy have all been sent home with injury supports that.
"Why do you have seven one-dayers after the Ashes?" asked Botham.
"They should have five before, that's one for each state, leads you nicely into the Ashes. You can't get up for one-dayers after the Ashes, it's an anti-climax, you just can't do it.
"And history tells you the side that wins the Ashes usually gets hammered in the one-dayers."
Skipper Strauss made few excuses himself for the 10-wicket hammering and Botham and Hussain were similarly critical.
Only Jonathan Trott (86) and Eoin Morgan (50) made any impact with the bat while the bowlers were sent to all parts as Tharanga (102no) and Dilshan (108no) made mincemeat of their attack.
And while their exploits provided stark contrast to England's continuing problems at the top of the order, it was the way they dealt with Graeme Swann and co and they fact that they rarely troubled the two Sri Lankan openers that needs addressing, according to Botham.
"I think they want to look at the basics; I think they need to go back and look at how they play the spinners, what is our gameplan?," he said.
"You are allowed to leave the crease and that sometimes helps because that puts pressure on the spinner and you can then go forward and get balls to cut and pull; but you've got to take the initiative.
"England I think, need to re-think their strategy against spin and also their bowling.
"I think they need to think about how they bowl and also when they bowl. Look at Malinga at the death; it's full, it's straight, it's very hard to get away, there's pace and the odd bouncer.
"England though, are a bit stereotyped; we didn't play well to get to the quarter-final and I think the result today has summed that up.
"In one-day cricket we're way behind the eight ball. At the moment spin bowlers are allowed to dictate to our batsmen and allowed to do it from a very early stage.
"It just puts pressure on the bowlers, then captains have got to rethink, talk about lines but we don't make it difficult enough for the spinners."
Sir Ian is absolutely right. England were exhausted going into the world cup as were Australia and it showed.
Posted 20:02 29th March 2011
biggest blunder came from england in quarter final, why england open the bowling with spinner????? because SRILANKAN are very good side to handle spiners. ANDYFLOWER is good coach but cannot handle the situation . if endland open the bowling pacer i think match is close??? in subcontnent general view is andyflower not interested to england win???
Posted 08:00 29th March 2011
Sir Ian - A lot of what you say makes sense but in Australia we could have given the test players a rest by playing Wright, Tredwell, Finn etc in the one day games to give the test players a rest. instead of starving these players of cricket. I understand that the Indians use bats with a lower sweet spot to counteract balls keeping low and yorkers and I wonder why we didn't use similar bats. It may account for why on the few occassioms our batsmen hit straight resulted in a high proportion of catches. S Lanka thoroughly deserved their victory because we were 50 runs short. Dilshaan played the no fear cricket we are supposed to be employing. He could have been out several times early on and when he got away with it put S Lanka in a position where they could coast. Strauss had to take wickets to win and for once the attacking fields didn't produce wickets and without them there was no pressure..
Posted 01:01 28th March 2011
The ECB need to listen to the likes of Sir Ian and Nasser as they have played the game at the highest level and talk complete sense as they know what they are talking about.You cannot argue with anything in this piece and Beefy is so right when he says about getting up for the one dayers in Australia.England went over there to win the ashes and they did but then they should have come home,celebrated the ashes triumph and then prepared for the World Cup with fresh minds and legs.
Posted 17:37 27th March 2011
what i don't get is how england are the only team using the excuse of 'tiredness'...fair enough they had a long winter of ashes etc but they weren't playing by themselves?! australia were playing too and although they are out of the competition no1 has used the excuse of them being tired so why is it just england? and teams like India have had just as many games to play and they seem to playing just fine? england are never going to be the best team if they don't admit to their mistakes and LEARN from it! stop making petty excuses... we just weren't good enough at the end of the day!!
Posted 14:02 27th March 2011
So what? Cricket fans getting worked up about limited overs matches is like a football fans being bothered that the England beach football or 5-a-side team are rubbish. We won the Ashes and have become a test team capable of become the best in the world - yet we are talking about "technical shortcomings". This is a nonsense. You can't criticise Graeme Swann for not bowling flat darts to save runs or Ian Bell for not flailing sixes and then laud them for playing that way in the test arena. Given a choice between limited overs success and test success, what do you really want? I know I'd take Test Cricket every time and if we do want to be the best test side then the likes of Swann, Trott, Anderson, Bell and Strauss need to stick to the test arena and stop demanding that they compromise the technique for the lesser form of the game.
Posted 12:27 27th March 2011
Hi Sky Sports. Andrew Strauss will have to resign the ONE DAY Captaincy. He is not the correct man for one day Cricket. his technique is not correct. The hole side need to take a look at there selves. Strauss has to much say in team selection. his fielding positioning of players was not correct in any of the World cup matches. he has not learnt from the Master Ricky Pontin about Fielding. England wear 3 Lions on their shirts it is time they started to roar like lions not whimper like new born Kittens.
Posted 10:10 27th March 2011
It was self belief that was missing in England that they can pull the match from any situation. 230 was not that bad total than it seems, they really didn't put pressure on Srilankan Batsmen, they shuold have dried their runs & get into the heads of Srilankan team & look how they would have crumbled, England were too freindly & suspicious when they wer batting & bowling, advantage was with them when they won the toss but they lack confidence & selfbelief that they can put a fight against any one day team
Posted 09:32 27th March 2011
For the last generation our batsmen haven't had a clue against slow bowlers. Think right back to people like Mark Ealham who could never hit them off the square. Bumble was spot on when he used the word mesmerised - we play like they're chucking down hand grenades ,prodding and poking away from the crease and getting strangled. I never saw a ball spin against Bangladesh yet we got horribly stuck.Where's the positive intent and why oh why can we not hit down the ground, surely it's less risky than all these cross bat shots? Rabbit in headlights stuff yet again... Oh and one more thing, can we please find a keeper who is remotely competent standing up to the stumps. We've seen all winter Priors hands and movement are lacking and he fluffs to many chances.
Posted 21:55 26th March 2011
eng play very avg cricket.... they bowl really bad.. and they desrve to go home! early
Posted 19:49 26th March 2011
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