Assistant coach Paul Farbrace says it would be “horrendous” if England were to lose against World Cup minnows Afghanistan on Friday.
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Both sides cannot advance to the quarter-final stage of the tournament, but an England loss would be the final nail in the coffin in what has already been a disastrous campaign.
England lost its do-or-die clash with Bangladesh on Monday, meaning Peter Moores’ side have lost four of its five matches, with its only win coming against minnows Scotland.
The Three Lions were totally outclassed by Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in the group stage, but Farbrace says a loss to Afghanistan would be an embrassment.
“If losing the other day to Bangladesh was terrible, we couldn’t possibly imagine what it would be like if tomorrow goes against us … because that would be horrendous,” Farbrace is quoted as saying by AAP.
“Our job now is to make sure we give ourselves the best chance, clear heads, and go and play proper cricket tomorrow.”
Farbrace went on to say that England never recovered from its tournament-opening losses to Australia and New Zealand.
“We got blown away in the first two games and I don’t think we’ve really recovered from that,” Farbrace explained.
“There has been a lot said about perhaps our nervousness and the tension that we’re playing with.
“I think it’s hard to argue against that. I think that’s been the biggest disappointment over the last couple of days – thinking about what might have been.”
England faces Afghanistan on Friday at 3.30am (GMT).