“We thought 275 was chaseable. We shall have to look at the data.”
With those words, uttered following a defeat by Bangladesh in Adelaide on Monday that knocked England out of the World Cup, Peter Moores appeared to write his own epitaph for his second spell as coach of the national side.
It did not require great statistical analysis to understand why England had gone down by 15 runs to Bangladesh -- long regarded as the whipping boys of international cricket but now victorious over England at two successive World Cups.
The simple truth is England were yet again out-batted and out-bowled.
But Moores's words appeared emblematic of an inflexible England set-up, where too many players were unable to think on their feet.
It also threw the field open to anyone who wanted to poke fun at England. Japan led the way for the Associate nations in some style.
— Japan Cricket Assoc. (@CricketJapan) March 9, 2015
When can we play @ECB_cricket?
— Malaysia Cricket (@MalaysiaCricket) March 9, 2015
— Singapore Cricket (@SingaporeCric) March 9, 2015
(With inputs from AFP)
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Updated Date: Mar 10, 2015 09:35:35 IST