It was a sorry start for the Three Lions.
It was a poor start to the 2015 Cricket World Cup on Saturday for England as they succumbed to an opening day loss to co-hosts Australia in a game in which they never really looked like genuine contenders for the win.
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Before the match former opening batsman Geoffrey Boycott had openly criticised captain Eoin Morgan – with James Anderson quickly jumping to the defence of his skipper in a pre-match press conference – and after the defeat the pundit has suggested his comments were justified.
“England moaned about my Eoin Morgan comments before the game against Australia but perhaps instead they should have been concentrating on improving their fielding and looking up the definition of common sense,” Boycott wrote in his Telegraph column.
“Both aspects of their play were woeful and got their World Cup campaign off to a horrible start.
“Some people forget that it is my job as a commentator or writer to be honest. I am not in Australia to be England’s cheerleader or sycophantic fan. My moderate ability as a one day batsman has no relevance to any opinions I give on the current England team.
“The facts are recently England have lost more one day matches than they have won so they can’t all be batting and bowling well can they? There must be room for improvement. If that comes across as criticism and people don’t like it then too bad because I’m not going to change.
“How are we ex-players supposed to give encouragement and praise when our team is so bloody stupid? We want England to win but they are making our job harder by being brainless.”
After such a convincing loss at the hands of the Australians the Three Lions have less of a justified response against Boycott and simply need to do their talking on the pitch – as cliched as that is.
Things aren’t letting up for Morgan’s side as their next match is arguably just as tough as they take on the Aussies’ co-hosts New Zealand in Wellington on Friday.
Another defeat could see their World Cup campaign dead and buried before it has even truly started. Again.