World Cup 2007 April 18, 2007

End of Fletcher?

As England were booed off the Kensington Oval yesterday after their feeble elimination from the World Cup, Duncan Fletcher may well have been mulling over the thought that Saturday's dead rubber against West Indies will be his last game as their coach, writes Lawrence Booth in The Guardian.

In the same newspaper David Hopps reports on how scores of England and South Africa fans were stranded in Grenada after their cruise liner to Barbados was cancelled without explanation at the last minute.

In The Times, Simon Wilde pulls no punches:

"Another World Cup, another nightmare for England. Every four years, English one-day cricket gets put up against the rest of the world and is found horribly wanting. The big spotlight is turned on them and what it reveals is an embarrassment to all. Good grief, is that really how bad we/they are? English cricket caught inflagrante. Naked in its naivety and inadequacy."

"The upshot surely, hopefully, will be the end of Fletcher," writes John Etheridge in The Sun. "If he has any pride he will resign. If not, he should be sacked."

Strauss enforces claim to captain Vaughan's crown, writes Mark Nicholas in The Daily Telegraph.

If questions must be asked of them and their fitness for purpose, they must also be posed about the manner in which they were prepared, writes Stephen Brenkley in The Independent.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is a former assistant editor at Cricinfo