And so it came to pass, First off well played to the Bangladesh boys, as for England, I do not agree with much Matthew Engel writes but when he described England's performance at the World cup as being "like a bad tempered grandmother at an all night rave" he was on the money . Problem is though this quote is from 1996 nearly 20 years ago and things have not moved on.
As Stuart Broad asserted pre-tournament, England only have to beat the minnows to qualify for the Quarter finals. Well "Broadie" welcome to England's new minnow status. A confident side on winning the toss would have batted first but England are neither confident with bat or ball and as things stand and I expect this to spill over into the other forms of the game post exit with, if things do not change, the real possibility of a home whitewash by Australia in the Ashes.
In a similar position with Micky Arthur leading Australia to a 4-0 series defeat in India the Australian Cricket Board took the surprise decision to sack Arthur and replace him with the dinkum Aussie Darren Lehmann. Short term pan bringing long term gain. Colin Graves the ex Costcutter and Yorkshire Chief has thus far talked a good game, though it appears has been told to remain silent whilst MD Paul Downton is with the team down under. Mr Graves needs to be bold and ditch the Moores / Flower approach compleley and bring in a new coaching line up preferably from overseas.
Colin Graves was brought to power by the counties as a result of a perceived crisis in the domestic game through a decline of Cricket's share in the UK sporting market and the failure to properly get Free to Air TV exposures and the limited overs format in this country. The game, unlike Rugby League but like Rugby Union gets its media profile on the back of a successful national side. this we patently do not have.. Over to you Colin