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Former England cricketers have their say on England's World Cup exit

4.15K   //    10 Mar 2015, 05:45 IST
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England were knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage

England got knocked out of the 2015 Cricket World Cup courtesy a 15-run loss against Bangladesh. Former England players like Nasser Hussain and Geoffrey Boycott gave their views on their former side’s shock exit at the World Cup.

Exiled pacer Tim Bresnan, who has not been selected in the England squad since Peter Moores was elected as coach, admitted that it is shocking that England have been knocked out of the World Cup.

Bresnan said, “It’s a shocker. It’s difficult to justify not getting through to the quarter-finals. 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.”

It has gone wrong for years: Nasser Hussain

Former England captain Nasser Hussain also expressed his thoughts on his old side’s unceremonious exit from the biggest tournament in the sport.

Hussain said, “It’s gone wrong right from the start – for years in fact. 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 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. That’s what the players have got to do today.”

Moores depends too much on facts and figures: Geoffrey Boycott

Peter Moores
Peter Moores

Former opener Geoffrey Boycott laid the blame on coach Peter Moores as he believed playing cricket at the highest level, something Moores has not done, is important in order to manage an International team.

“Moores has never been my choice to coach England,” Boycott said. “It is not impossible, but I believe it is very difficult for someone who has never played cricket to the highest level to manage an international team.”

He said that the England coach would have had a different view of the game if he had experience playing the game at the top level.

“Moores depends too much on facts and figures and data analysis. He is too consumed by the opposition because he has no experience to fall back on in international cricket,” he concluded.

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