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ELIMINATED: Eoin Morgan leads a dejected looking England side off the field after defeat to Bangladesh

ELIMINATED: Eoin Morgan leads a dejected looking England side off the field after defeat to Bangladesh

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.”

 

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ICC bans England batsman Moeen Ali from wearing Gaza wristbands

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) have banned England batsman Moeen Ali from wearing wristbands featuring the slogans "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine”.

Moeen, 27, who is Muslim and Pakistani descent, wore the wristbands on the second day of the third test (Monday 28th July), against India at Southampton.

England cricketer Moeen Ali has been helping raise funds for relief efforts in Gaza in his home city Birmingham

England cricketer Moeen Ali has been helping raise funds for relief efforts in Gaza in his home city Birmingham

Moeen’s wristbands were only on public display for just over 40 minutes while he made 12 runs off 28 balls before he was caught off India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Though Moeen was backed by the England and Wales Cricket Board, he was told by match referee David Boon - the former Australia batsman who is the ICC’s match referee, to remove the wristband and not wear them again while playing for England.

The ICC regulations prohibit players from displaying political, religious or racial statements on their clothing and equipment while taking part in international matches.

moeen ali free gaza wristbandEngland had cleared Moeen to wear the bands, arguing that he was making a humanitarian statement and not a political one.

The ban has been deemed “controversial” as the whole team wore the logo of the Help for Heroes charity on their shirts on Tuesday 29th July to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war.

But the ICC issued the following statement: “The ICC equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match.

“Moeen Ali was told by the match referee that while he is free to express his views on such causes away from the cricket field, he is not permitted to wear the wristbands on the field of play and warned not to wear the bands again during an international match.”

Moeen, who has been involved in helping raise funds in his home city Birmingham for charities working to raise funds for Gaza relief efforts, has had the backing of his team.

England and Wales Cricket have said that "as far as we are concerned, he has not committed any offence," adding it was up to the ICC to decide what action, if any, Ali should face.

Nevertheless, other cricketers expressed their support of Ali on social media.

"We have always worn wristbands or ribbons when showing support 4an incident or raising awareness,we do it for animal rights too,y not humans," wrote former Pakistan cricketer Azhar Mahmood on Twitter.

"Absolutely love this! Well done Moeen bro! Keep showing your support! #Pray4Gaza" wrote England cricketer Ajmal Shahzad.

"Good on brother mo! #prayforGaza" wrote Lancashire and former England bowler Kabir Ali.

On Friday, Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang was warned he risked being thrown out of the Commonwealth Games if he repeated wearing gloves bearing the message "Save Gaza".

Awang could have been ejected from the 2014 Glasgow Games after wearing the gloves in competition on Thursday.

Instead the 26-year-old was given a reprimand and warned not to wear them again.

The Commonwealth Games Federation seeks to avoid its competitions being used for political means.

Though Awang insisted his message was "humanitarian" rather than politically-charged, he issued an apology.

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