England’s campaign in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has been way off track as the defending champions have lost three out of their first four matches. They will aim to bring their campaign back on track as they next lock horns with Sri Lanka on Thursday, October 26 at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. The team’s lacklustre performance has raised questions about their ability to defend their World Cup title.
Nasser Hussain Calls for Player Responsibility
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain lashed out at the England squad after they were thrashed by Sri Lanka by 8 wickets at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. During the commentary, Nasser Hussain didn’t mince words as he expressed his frustration with England’s performance in the World Cup.
“What I don’t like is giving the players a cop-out. Sometimes, I think we do that in English cricket. When they win the 50 over World Cup or the 20 over World Cup, aren’t they great? They are brilliant,” he stated emphatically. His statement reflected his belief in the need for players to be held accountable for their display on the field, regardless of structural factors.
Emphasis on Historical Success
Highlighting the achievements of English cricket in the past, Hussain said, “They are a disgrace. We play 20-over cricket, we play 100-ball cricket, we don’t play enough 50-over cricket. How much 50 over cricket domestically has Virat Kohli played? Or Heinrich Klaasen? Or anyone out here.” His point was clear: players like Kohli and Klaasen had thrived by participating in T20 leagues worldwide, emphasizing the role of individual talent and adaptability.
Hussain went on to dismiss the notion of structural problems in English cricket as a valid excuse for the team’s current struggles. “You are giving the players a cop-out when you blame the structure. The structure that made them world champions. This is exactly the same structure,” he asserted. His statement underscored the significance of personal responsibility for performance and challenged players to step up when it matters most.
England’s Recent Performance
After making a blistering start to their innings, England‘s batting faltered, leading to a collapse and a below-par score. This scenario raised serious questions about their ability to defend their World Cup title and regain their previous form.
In contrast, Sri Lanka displayed a commendable performance in the match, securing an eight-wicket victory. Their successful chase was orchestrated by the unbeaten knocks of Nissanka and Samarawickrama.
England’s prospects in the World Cup now hang in the balance, with the team needing to regroup and recapture their winning momentum to secure a spot in the tournament’s semifinals. The candid critique from Nasser Hussain has brought the team’s struggles into sharp focus, demanding a swift response from the English players to reignite their campaign.