Dismal England crash out of World Cup
As Ian Bell knocks a single off the final ball of the day, England claim victory over Afghanistan yet celebrations remain subdued.
Another World Cup has now passed and another early exit for the Three Lions. It was defeat against Bangladesh prior to the final match-day that ultimately signalled the end of another unmemorable competition with fingers pointed at every player and coach.
But the question ‘where did it all go wrong?’ is one which cannot have a single definite answer. The team were given little chance pre-World Cup and didn’t bring any surprises to the field of play.
Defeats against New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka, were somewhat expected and the wins over Scotland and Afghanistan should have been a foregone conclusion.
Many have argued the blame lies with coach Peter Moores yet captain, Eoin Morgan, says it is the players who must stand up and be counted following their exit.
“I certainly think it's not fair,” he told reporters. “All the responsibility should fall on the players. It's our responsibility to perform as a side, particularly when we've performed so badly.
“If there were little things, and we just weren't able to get over the line, games where we competed and little parts of our game weren't right, you could look elsewhere.
“But it's important that we realise as a side where the responsibility lies and where we want to be and how we want to get there.”
Morgan added that he would like to lead the team into the future and retain the job he was handed when Alastair Cook was dropped at the end of last year.
“I think there's going to be a review over the next couple of weeks so I can't determine whether I'll still be captain,” he added.
“The hunger is still there to do it. I've learned a lot throughout this tournament, particularly when things haven't gone so well.”
Despite Morgan struggling with the bat throughout the competition, he surprisingly finished his press conference saying he would be leaving Australia with no regrets.
“No regrets, absolutely not,” he said “We've given it everything and certainly myself, I have.”