‘Left behind’ England are out of cricket World Cup

Tim Bresnan believes England have been "left behind" in one-day cricket after their embarrassing World Cup exit.

‘Left behind’ England are out of cricket World Cup

Bresnan has played 84 ODIs for his country but has not featured since Peter Moores’ return as head coach, leaving him as a spectator this winter.

England have crashed to four defeats from five matches on the big stage, with yesterday’s loss to Bangladesh sending them out at the group stage with a game to spare.

“It’s a shocker, it’s difficult to justify not getting through to the quarter-finals,” he said. “As groups go you would expect to qualify from this one. But the game has moved on. The rest of the world have sprinted ahead and we’ve been left behind a little bit.

“England are a strong side on paper but they’re struggling to put in performances. We’re lacking a few match-winning efforts from the senior players and it’s a difficult time for the side.”

Bresnan’s Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie has been tipped as a future England coach.

With incumbent Peter Moores likely to come under fierce scrutiny following this latest humbling, he can expect plenty more speculation on that front soon but the Australian was unequivocal in ruling out a move in the short term.

“It’s nice to be thought of in that way,” Gillespie said. “But I’ll tell you right now: I’m committed to Yorkshire and looking forward to the county season.”

Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes that for all the talk of tactics and coaching, it is England’s players who must take responsibility for the failures of the team.

“It’s gone wrong right from the start, for years in fact,” Hussain said . “There have been some mistakes made in this tournament but every time we have the same thing.

“David Lloyd, Ashley Giles, Duncan Fletcher – the moment we’re knocked out, the coach goes.

“The top and the bottom need to look at themselves. The players need to take responsibility.

“When I was knocked out of a World Cup I didn’t walk out and think the coach cost us the World Cup, no way, we cost ourselves us the World Cup. That’s what the players have got to do today.”

More in this section

ieStyle Live 2021 Logo
ieStyle Live 2021 Logo

IE Logo
Outdoor Trails

Discover the great outdoors on Ireland's best walking trails

IE Logo
Outdoor Trails

Puzzles logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.


Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up