Sri Lanka in England 2014 May 26, 2014

England defeat 'embarrassing' - Root

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Joe Root has admitted that England's 157-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the second ODI was "embarrassing" and said improved performances are required to keep the paying public interested. There were empty seats on display for Sunday's game at Chester-le-Street, as England were bowled out for 99, while tickets remain on sale for the three remaining matches in the series.

England's performance, following on from an encouraging victory in the opening match at The Oval, reawakened unease after a winter in which losing became an impossible habit to shake. Root, who made 0 as part of an abject batting display, said England would pick through the debris before Wednesday's game at Old Trafford to ensure that another debacle does not ensue.

"We're all very disappointed with the way we played," he said. "We don't want fans turning up for games and seeing a performance like that. It's quite embarrassing.

"I think we'll have a discussion when we get to Manchester and review the game properly. Sometimes you get emotional on the day of the game it's better to leave it a few days and then discuss it as a side. I think that's what we'll do. We have got to make sure we're very honest with ourselves and don't let a performance like that happen again."

Eoin Morgan, England's stand-in captain, described the defeat - England's fifth-heaviest in terms of runs - as one of the worst he had been involved with. The limited-overs series against Sri Lanka began with talk of repaying the fans after a trying winter and Root emphasised that playing well was the best way to pack out grounds.

"It's always better when you get a full crowd," Root said. "But the one way to get people to come and watch you is to win games of cricket and we have to make sure we can do that consistently, earn the right for people to want to come and watch us. We don't want to play like yesterday, where people come to watch and feel let down, we want to make sure that everyone who comes is impressed by what they see and want to come again."

England hope to have Alastair Cook fit to resume the captaincy in Manchester after a groin strain and it is certain he will demand an improved effort with the bat. Root described the display as "not good enough" but echoed Morgan's view that such a heavy beating would in some ways be easier to leave behind and pointed to the first ODI as a recent performance that England could draw confidence from.

"In the first game we played some exceptionally good cricket and yesterday we didn't," he said. "If we're being brutally honest it just wasn't a good enough performance from the whole team, especially the batters. You get yourself into a position where you're 30 for four chasing 250 you're always going to be struggling. As a batting unit we've got to hold our hands up and say it's not good enough.

"There isn't one that slaps you in the face. I think there are little things from a personal point of view that we can work on in practice and try and iron out. But we can't really worry about it too much, we played some really good cricket at The Oval, which was not even a week ago now. We've got to try and take as much of the good stuff from there and learn from the mistakes made in Durham and make sure we come out on Wednesday with a really good performance.

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  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    I think. Kusl should oped da batin . Then dilly don't have pressure. If kusl get use to the condition that will help him to when he ply WC 2015 in NZ/ aus. Also we should find batting alroundr who could bat wel and Bal spin. Chathu or jewa good option.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    The three seniors Sanga ,mahela and Dilshan are at the end of there carriers.No doubt they are Legends and done a yeoman service to Srilanka cricket.But that should not be considered a guarantee for for a place in ODI team.If they are not performing well they should make way for the youngsters.At present Dilshan is the only person who deserves a place in the ODI team.Sanga is pedestrial and consumes a lot of balls and put presure on the lower order.Mahela is off color and certainly should be rested.we saw how Kithruwan against sussex and in the T 20.this guy and palyers like Charuranga,Kusal should be given more oppotunities if we are to win the world cup 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    bring some T20 player ENG.

  • POSTED BY Kavindu27 on | May 27, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    According to my opinion kusal should open the batting with dilshan.otherwise with thiri dilshan is in lot of preasure to do all the bashing,when it happens there is a good chance of dilshan to got out cheaply.and also looking at the past chandi has played very well on english soil.so if we to win another world cup,we should give chandi a chance at top 4 and our classical maiya should leave behind to harvest on last few overs with his deft touches and various shots around the 360.ashan also proved he is a good batsmen to play on a seeming track.so its clearly a good future ahead for us srilankans.but its success will depend on selectors.they have to made the right calls at the right time.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | May 27, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    My Team to develop for WC is: Thiri, Dilly, Kumar. Mahiya, Angelo, Ashan, Thissara, Sachi, Kule, Prasad, and Toe Crusher. Replacements: Dinesh for Middle Order, Chathu for Spin and allrounders and Lakmal, and left arm Fast bowler (to be found) for fast bowling. I do not think Ajantha or Kusal are effective in NZ/Aus. I also want Dilly to start bowling spin in the first 10 overs to consume overs. Kule and Dilly to start bowing followed by Prasad. Middle overs by Anjelo, Sachi and Thissara leaving more overs for Slinga in the end. Toss Win and bat first.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | May 27, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    the embarrassing thing for ECB is Downton coming out before the game explaining it was Pietersen's slack, loose and dis-interested approach to the final test in Australia - I wonder what they made of the 11 fielders out there for this game

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | May 27, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    The previous victory achieved at the Oval under difficult weather conditions had been over rated by England and did not actually analyse the victory well. The subject of D/L method and the effect it had on the chase had been seriously undermined. The one of loss by the Sri Lankan's has been hailed as a huge and big victory. This is where the England team/manager/pundits etc all failed

    The fact that SriLanka did play as a team and more so as an effective machine with all parts functioning well. This cannot be said of the England team as they has been consistent in how they have been performing. By the way, consistently bad is what I am saying.

    Well done Sri Lanka for giving your supports more joy with the odd bit of sadness. We will back you all the way. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • POSTED BY Maliduke on | May 27, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    It is going to be more Mental test for England from here, They have decent Young team to build up, Cook's presence with boost them some what. Of all that Player has to understand their role in the team and take more responsibilities.

    If they get things right in batting, guess they will be the Dark Horse of WC 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    I'm proud to be a Sri Lankan because we as Sri Lankan never let down our team in a win or loos we'll be write behind with them to share it. It's because of the sprite shown by the team on and out the field which reflect among the fans as well (even though not healthy relationship with management they play for the country). The players celebrate each others success and backup each in a bad performance. The same attitude follows by the fans as they never let down the team even in bad outing unlike English fans. This is a real characteristic build by the Sri Lankan team in the past decade. It doesn't come from nowhere but it earn by each game. If giving example, the best is the fighting sprite till the last ball and as individual the honesty as they hardly wait for the umpires call. Therefore England can't win the fans by just wining back to back matches unless they show some real characteristic among the new looking English Team.

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | May 27, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    time, due to slow reflex, even with massive opportunities given to them @ the cost of careers of many World class players (e.g. IanDaniel a Star of YthWC2000)produced by the Country.The youngsters, they prefer too, have similar batting defects of the 3, aren't very clean hitters,tend to offer 2-3chances, to score a 50, even on flat tracks. This isn't big issue for the selectors and the local media. If we are to maintain consistency in ODIs & Tests we have to discard all these young & old reckless hitters sooner than later and fill those places with proper batters of neat stroke play: Khausal Silva, Khandhamby & RoshenSilva (very consistent Domestic batters) AngeloPerera (the Best Sc'boy Bat' of the Year 2009)BhanukaRajapaksha (the Best Sc'boy C'keter of the Year '10&11,One of the Top batters in Youth WC '10); Niroshan Dickwella (Best Sc'boy C'keter of the Year '12),KusalMendis(Best Sc'boy C'keter of the Year 13)& other consistent performers of good skill&reflex /Stats Cricinfo

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    I think. Kusl should oped da batin . Then dilly don't have pressure. If kusl get use to the condition that will help him to when he ply WC 2015 in NZ/ aus. Also we should find batting alroundr who could bat wel and Bal spin. Chathu or jewa good option.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    The three seniors Sanga ,mahela and Dilshan are at the end of there carriers.No doubt they are Legends and done a yeoman service to Srilanka cricket.But that should not be considered a guarantee for for a place in ODI team.If they are not performing well they should make way for the youngsters.At present Dilshan is the only person who deserves a place in the ODI team.Sanga is pedestrial and consumes a lot of balls and put presure on the lower order.Mahela is off color and certainly should be rested.we saw how Kithruwan against sussex and in the T 20.this guy and palyers like Charuranga,Kusal should be given more oppotunities if we are to win the world cup 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    bring some T20 player ENG.

  • POSTED BY Kavindu27 on | May 27, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    According to my opinion kusal should open the batting with dilshan.otherwise with thiri dilshan is in lot of preasure to do all the bashing,when it happens there is a good chance of dilshan to got out cheaply.and also looking at the past chandi has played very well on english soil.so if we to win another world cup,we should give chandi a chance at top 4 and our classical maiya should leave behind to harvest on last few overs with his deft touches and various shots around the 360.ashan also proved he is a good batsmen to play on a seeming track.so its clearly a good future ahead for us srilankans.but its success will depend on selectors.they have to made the right calls at the right time.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | May 27, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    My Team to develop for WC is: Thiri, Dilly, Kumar. Mahiya, Angelo, Ashan, Thissara, Sachi, Kule, Prasad, and Toe Crusher. Replacements: Dinesh for Middle Order, Chathu for Spin and allrounders and Lakmal, and left arm Fast bowler (to be found) for fast bowling. I do not think Ajantha or Kusal are effective in NZ/Aus. I also want Dilly to start bowling spin in the first 10 overs to consume overs. Kule and Dilly to start bowing followed by Prasad. Middle overs by Anjelo, Sachi and Thissara leaving more overs for Slinga in the end. Toss Win and bat first.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | May 27, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    the embarrassing thing for ECB is Downton coming out before the game explaining it was Pietersen's slack, loose and dis-interested approach to the final test in Australia - I wonder what they made of the 11 fielders out there for this game

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | May 27, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    The previous victory achieved at the Oval under difficult weather conditions had been over rated by England and did not actually analyse the victory well. The subject of D/L method and the effect it had on the chase had been seriously undermined. The one of loss by the Sri Lankan's has been hailed as a huge and big victory. This is where the England team/manager/pundits etc all failed

    The fact that SriLanka did play as a team and more so as an effective machine with all parts functioning well. This cannot be said of the England team as they has been consistent in how they have been performing. By the way, consistently bad is what I am saying.

    Well done Sri Lanka for giving your supports more joy with the odd bit of sadness. We will back you all the way. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • POSTED BY Maliduke on | May 27, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    It is going to be more Mental test for England from here, They have decent Young team to build up, Cook's presence with boost them some what. Of all that Player has to understand their role in the team and take more responsibilities.

    If they get things right in batting, guess they will be the Dark Horse of WC 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    I'm proud to be a Sri Lankan because we as Sri Lankan never let down our team in a win or loos we'll be write behind with them to share it. It's because of the sprite shown by the team on and out the field which reflect among the fans as well (even though not healthy relationship with management they play for the country). The players celebrate each others success and backup each in a bad performance. The same attitude follows by the fans as they never let down the team even in bad outing unlike English fans. This is a real characteristic build by the Sri Lankan team in the past decade. It doesn't come from nowhere but it earn by each game. If giving example, the best is the fighting sprite till the last ball and as individual the honesty as they hardly wait for the umpires call. Therefore England can't win the fans by just wining back to back matches unless they show some real characteristic among the new looking English Team.

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | May 27, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    time, due to slow reflex, even with massive opportunities given to them @ the cost of careers of many World class players (e.g. IanDaniel a Star of YthWC2000)produced by the Country.The youngsters, they prefer too, have similar batting defects of the 3, aren't very clean hitters,tend to offer 2-3chances, to score a 50, even on flat tracks. This isn't big issue for the selectors and the local media. If we are to maintain consistency in ODIs & Tests we have to discard all these young & old reckless hitters sooner than later and fill those places with proper batters of neat stroke play: Khausal Silva, Khandhamby & RoshenSilva (very consistent Domestic batters) AngeloPerera (the Best Sc'boy Bat' of the Year 2009)BhanukaRajapaksha (the Best Sc'boy C'keter of the Year '10&11,One of the Top batters in Youth WC '10); Niroshan Dickwella (Best Sc'boy C'keter of the Year '12),KusalMendis(Best Sc'boy C'keter of the Year 13)& other consistent performers of good skill&reflex /Stats Cricinfo

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | May 27, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Folks, the series is 1-1 and both teams were comprehensivley beated in both games - dont beleive this is a sign of either teams cricket depth or chances of winning the next WC. I think its great for the series that neither team has got away and hopefully the rain stays away.

  • POSTED BY Monoz1976 on | May 27, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    @DizzD: If this team can be called Eng A without just KP. Eng should never play cricket to humiliate the great history of English cricket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 27, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    i think srilanka outplayed england in all departments. there ware all in after first match defeat. good job boys, have to keep going in. i need T.perera in n chandimal out of the side how many more oportunities will give SLCB to him.its time to move on. as far as england consern i see no balance in the team. i think without KP they have no match winners. no positive minded batsman...

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    the england team has never been great...but i cant see any great player coming through...the end of cricket in england is near...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 27, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    If sri lanka need to win rest of the matches like 2006 and to win the 2015 wc. they have to adjust the batting in order to get the best out of the players. All know mahela and sanga going to be last wc. my team with batting order going to be dilshan mahela sanga chandimal thiri mathews thisara Kulasekar senanayake lakmal malinga / priyanjan kusal mendis very clear that when mahela opens the batting we can see his peak and chandi bats at 4 we can see his peak. thiri will adjust any batting order. If selector sanath read this . consider and evaluate bouncing track kusal won't be affective since he struggle with bounce and swing. This team can wonder in this world cup.

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | May 27, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    Though we are the poorest among all top cricketing Nations yet we win matches and T'ments,why? There is nothing to do with quality & skill, but it is all to do with Mental-Toughness, apart from Chandimal,( Best Sc'boy Cricketer of the Y 2009) Mathews(the runner-up of the Best Sc'boy Batsman of the Y 2007), Niroshan Dickwella (Best Sc'boy Cricketer of the Y 2012 & the highest run getter of the last Domestic LO t'ment is confined to bench to watch erratic batting of 3 seniors) & T'manne there is no one to match quality batting of Cooke, Bell, Ballance & Root. If you want to tackle quality bowlers, we have at present; you have to be mentally very tough in your approach to the Game. Despite erratic batting of 3 seniors we still win matches (LOs)away from home is the self-belief we have in us, as a result our aging batters can still survive long, offering 2-3 straight forward chances and even with their reckless stroke making. As you may have noticed, our seniors can't middle and 2bCNTD

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    I hope the weather will be good and warm for tomorrows game and sri lanka will bat first so no duckworth lewis will come to play against us even if it rains,,,,provided these things happen we have a big chance of winning..

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Good win by Sri Lanka. England must take heart, forget what the media has to say. They are only reporting a poor performance. Come on England go a head now prove the critics wrong that includes the media. Both teams are good enough to beat each other, and they are quick learners, hope the English fans turn up and support their team. Sri Lankans are a flamboyant out fit, very different to India and Pakistan, so why not enjoy their brand of play this summer.

  • POSTED BY bilgeworth on | May 27, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    60 quid a ticket, May game in Durham and very poor performances of course there will be empty seats . I was surprised there was no booing. Even the fielding in between dropped catches, was atrocious. Shocking throws in to the keeper, bowler dropping the ball as it was thrown to him, misfields etc Its not really about the loss it was the slack jawed, lily livered, manner of the loss that deserves the slating. Chris Jordan looked up for it and no one else really. Come on lads sort it out.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    As Herath-UK has very aptly put it, this is all about the Sri Lankan team being the better side at this point in time. Even the other night it could very well have been a different result, if the match was played under weather conditions conducive for cricket. But this does mean that English team is a write off. They are a very good side. But like all the teams, it is going thorough a bad patch, specially since the last winter. They are bound to do better with the infusion of new blood. But we mist lose sight of one phenomenon, which I do not how to explain. The Asian cricket seems to have got the better of the rest of the world. I do not know if it is the grim determination of the Asian teams involved or the pressure they are under from their own fans in countries where cricket has become a passion and a way of life. In Asia, cricket could even influence the politics. I would not be surprised if the present Sri Lanka team would win all the remaining matches of the tour.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | May 27, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    I cannot really judge both teams. After next 3 games I can tell where they are sitting. SL needs only very few changes but Eng needs more at this moment. We will see when Cook is back. Both openers need to be very patient in these conditions. That is why Cook needs to be back. I appreciate Dilshan's patience. It paid off as SL managed not to loose wickets in the first 25 overs. Wish to both teams.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | May 26, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    We are just seriously poor. We have got to deal with it

  • POSTED BY sholcroft on | May 26, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    @GDiaz Yes, I'm sure they are lining up for KP in Dehli.

  • POSTED BY bigwonder on | May 26, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    Well done SriLanka to level the series. It was an all round performance. England did not get any help from D/L during this match due to lack of weather interruption.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    New cricket season ,Same old England,too many Ashes disaster players still in the side,so, who is the most valuble to English cricket, Moores, or KP!

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | May 26, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    I dont think Eng. is doing good ... they should include Alex and KP also stop droping catches.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | May 26, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    @insideHedge do not forget Sri Lanka had handed over a 5 nil thrashing in 2006 so expecting a 4/1 win is not unrealistic. Scyld Berry of ex Wisden fame identifies Sri Lanka is emerging as the rivals to resurgent Australia as the world leaders in cricket for good reason only.For the matter of empty seats a very good reason is who in good mind would buy a ticket in advance in this horrible weather you tell me.People would wait till the morning of the day to be certain of the weather but then it is too far for some to travel.

  • POSTED BY Jaffa79 on | May 26, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    @BradmanBestEver, Yep mate! We will be fine. Just like Australia recovered after getting stuffed in India and England, we'll come back just fine. We'll blood a few this summer and be ready for our customary Ashes victory in England next year.

  • POSTED BY Kulaputra on | May 26, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    England had God given reasons to fail, many of them, too numerous to count and hence they lost. #BlameKP

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    the strength of england will be shown in the test series; only then will we know ho far they have slipped over the past year. still, conjecture doesn't hurt, and i think england will struggle against sri lanka and even more so against india. carberry is not as good an opening bat as compton (remember him?). perm two from root, bairstow, buttler, ballance and bopara - if prior is still unfit, i'd go for buttler. let's hope stokes comes back in form, the one positive note from australia. among the bowlers, pray anderson and broad are fit and firing, because bresnan won't be. jordan is a must. if england can't find a spinner as good as swann, don't choose a spinner, unless monty's reecnt form brings him back into the frame. but then cook doesn't rate him, as he showed in australia.

  • POSTED BY DizzD on | May 26, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    One of those empty seats was mine. I gave up supporting england the day we drop KP. I guess others were same. Who wants to see sri lanka playing against an A team full English men?

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    What happened to the great Chris Jordan whom Cook was elated about? Dear English cricketers accept the fact that Sri Lankan Lions are better than you. We are a tear drop in the Indian Ocean that gives satisfaction to a mere 17 Million population.

  • POSTED BY VillageBlacksmith on | May 26, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    "We're all very disappointed with the way we played," he said. "We don't want fans turning up for games and seeing a performance like that. It's quite embarrassing''…. Er Joe… We are not turning up mate… That's why there are loads of empty seats! Your team and coaches have a long way to go to show the paying public that you take your team take their glorified globe trotting jobs seriously.. At the moment I can see more committed cricket for free at the local park where ''dollies'' are actually caught and batsmen are actually able to hit the ball..

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Good thing they've dropped Pietersen permanently isn't it. All is nice and rosy in the garden of England...

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 26, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Full marks to this kid for admitting England are an embarrassment. They don't deserve to play limited overs cricket. The only saving grace for England is that they can hide behind the swing and wet conditions of their home turf. Bring them out of it, they are canon fodder. SL should win this series from here given the momentum being on their side. But then again, SL are not known for their consistency.

  • POSTED BY VillageBlacksmith on | May 26, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    @GDIAZ… I agree with yr first sentence wholeheartedly… But ''Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has apologised to supporters after his Delhi Daredevils side finished bottom of the Indian Premier League'' Not sure where you've been recently but Pietersen has hardly played a limited overs game for eng for a few years now… He has been a rapidly declining force and has rightly been moved on… If even the mighty G Kirsten can't get anything out of him then no-one can.. Time to forget about pietersen mate.

  • POSTED BY LankaPuthra on | May 26, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    When they fail the England team is criticised too harshly by the media. Post match comments by Ian Botham in particular were quite damning. The media forgets the good cricket they played only three days before at the Oval. Sri Lanka loses their rhythm when batting in interrupted spells. So that would have played in to England's hands. Nonetheless, in the 1st ODI England did bat well in the death overs and put up a decent score before coming out bowling SL out for a low total - a comfortable win by any standard. It is discouraging for England fans to see their team's performance swinging towards the other extreme in a matter of days, in conditions that suit them more than their opponents. But it does not warrant the severity of criticism levelled at the team. Specific mistakes such as dropped catches and the missed runout chance should be the focus of any stronger criticisms.

  • POSTED BY GDiaz on | May 26, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Who would want to watch a "No-Names" England side. Bring back KP and fans will be back to watch.

  • POSTED BY 12345SS on | May 26, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    I think English players need to sleep more to win more matches.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | May 26, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    @Herath-UK: It was just the other day that England beat this very same Lanka side. Reading this article, you'd think England had lost the series 1-4. It's true that SL is a strong limited overs team so there should be no surprise that they bounced back quickly but it's also no surprise that the English media will go to town upon its first defeat.

    As for the empty seats, that's Chester-le-Street for you. Didn't Durham give up an India ODI too? Only Cardiff rivals CLS in low crowds for England games. Anywhere else, there will be a full house to watch England regardless of the opposition. It's nothing to do with the "performance" of the team.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | May 26, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Pounded into submission - how can they recover? will they recover?

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | May 26, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    The main reason for the defeat was they came across (will during the tour) a champion Sri Lankan side who batted bowled & fielded excellently & England just caved in under the pressure. Sri Lanka is a transformed team unlike in the past who have won bilateral series in Australia in difficult conditions. Therefore it is not just feeling disappointed & feeling down & out but to raise English game knowing they are playing against a better team.

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  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | May 26, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    The main reason for the defeat was they came across (will during the tour) a champion Sri Lankan side who batted bowled & fielded excellently & England just caved in under the pressure. Sri Lanka is a transformed team unlike in the past who have won bilateral series in Australia in difficult conditions. Therefore it is not just feeling disappointed & feeling down & out but to raise English game knowing they are playing against a better team.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | May 26, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Pounded into submission - how can they recover? will they recover?

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | May 26, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    @Herath-UK: It was just the other day that England beat this very same Lanka side. Reading this article, you'd think England had lost the series 1-4. It's true that SL is a strong limited overs team so there should be no surprise that they bounced back quickly but it's also no surprise that the English media will go to town upon its first defeat.

    As for the empty seats, that's Chester-le-Street for you. Didn't Durham give up an India ODI too? Only Cardiff rivals CLS in low crowds for England games. Anywhere else, there will be a full house to watch England regardless of the opposition. It's nothing to do with the "performance" of the team.

  • POSTED BY 12345SS on | May 26, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    I think English players need to sleep more to win more matches.

  • POSTED BY GDiaz on | May 26, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Who would want to watch a "No-Names" England side. Bring back KP and fans will be back to watch.

  • POSTED BY LankaPuthra on | May 26, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    When they fail the England team is criticised too harshly by the media. Post match comments by Ian Botham in particular were quite damning. The media forgets the good cricket they played only three days before at the Oval. Sri Lanka loses their rhythm when batting in interrupted spells. So that would have played in to England's hands. Nonetheless, in the 1st ODI England did bat well in the death overs and put up a decent score before coming out bowling SL out for a low total - a comfortable win by any standard. It is discouraging for England fans to see their team's performance swinging towards the other extreme in a matter of days, in conditions that suit them more than their opponents. But it does not warrant the severity of criticism levelled at the team. Specific mistakes such as dropped catches and the missed runout chance should be the focus of any stronger criticisms.

  • POSTED BY VillageBlacksmith on | May 26, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    @GDIAZ… I agree with yr first sentence wholeheartedly… But ''Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has apologised to supporters after his Delhi Daredevils side finished bottom of the Indian Premier League'' Not sure where you've been recently but Pietersen has hardly played a limited overs game for eng for a few years now… He has been a rapidly declining force and has rightly been moved on… If even the mighty G Kirsten can't get anything out of him then no-one can.. Time to forget about pietersen mate.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 26, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Full marks to this kid for admitting England are an embarrassment. They don't deserve to play limited overs cricket. The only saving grace for England is that they can hide behind the swing and wet conditions of their home turf. Bring them out of it, they are canon fodder. SL should win this series from here given the momentum being on their side. But then again, SL are not known for their consistency.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Good thing they've dropped Pietersen permanently isn't it. All is nice and rosy in the garden of England...

  • POSTED BY VillageBlacksmith on | May 26, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    "We're all very disappointed with the way we played," he said. "We don't want fans turning up for games and seeing a performance like that. It's quite embarrassing''…. Er Joe… We are not turning up mate… That's why there are loads of empty seats! Your team and coaches have a long way to go to show the paying public that you take your team take their glorified globe trotting jobs seriously.. At the moment I can see more committed cricket for free at the local park where ''dollies'' are actually caught and batsmen are actually able to hit the ball..