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England v Ireland, World Cup 2011, Group B, Bangalore

Strauss stunned by England humiliation

Liam Brickhill in Bangalore

March 2, 2011

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England captain Andrew Strauss admitted to being shocked and disappointed at his side's three-wicket defeat to Ireland in Bangalore, as Kevin O'Brien's record-breaking hundred highlighted lapses in the field and a worrying lack of penetration with the ball. Strauss backed his side to bounce back from the loss, however, and insisted "we're not out of the World Cup by any means".

"It was a bit of a shock for us if I'm honest, and bitterly disappointing because we did a lot of things badly in the field again," said Strauss. "We could have taken our catches. I dropped him and we dropped three other catches as well, which in the end cost us the game, there's no doubt about it.

"Our bowling could've been better, certainly in the Powerplay," Strauss added. "I think we got a bit taken by surprise there. And we just can't afford to give away that many chances on these sorts of wickets. It's very hard to get people out on very flat wickets, and if you're dropping four of them then you're asking for trouble."

England appeared to be cruising to victory after Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell all fired with the bat to boost their side to 327 for 8, and the bowlers followed that up by dismissing half of Ireland's line-up with just over 100 runs on the board. Then came O'Brien's no-holds-barred innings, which utterly changed the complexion of the match the longer it went on.

"I thought we were in a great position to win the game, absolutely," said Strauss. "We knew they had some dangerous hitters in the back end of their batting order but with the rate climbing as much as it was, it seemed that if we just kept very patient then wickets would fall, but O'Brien had other ideas. It was an outstanding innings. Just the gall he showed to take the game to us in that situation. They took the Powerplay and [he] struck the ball beautifully. He rescued them from a perilous position to one where they were up with the rate and just had to keep their heads at the end."

Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood were helpless as England wilted under pressure, England v Ireland, World Cup 2011, Bangalore, March 2, 2011
England were bewildered by their shortcomings in Bangalore © Getty Images

The inability of his bowlers to stem the flow of runs towards the end of the innings will be a particular worry for Strauss and 62 runs came from the batting Powerplay, effectively bringing Ireland back into the game. Strauss pointed out that bowlers on both sides had struggled, and would continue to do so on wickets tailored to suit batsmen.

"The wickets here have been very, very flat wickets. We've easily got 300 in two of the three games and chased 290 in the other, so the bowlers have got to expect to go for the odd run here and there. But what we don't want to be doing is haemorrhaging runs on both sides of the wicket and chasing our tail too much, which potentially we have done in those last three games, and we're going to have to improve.

"It's hard work, certainly the two wickets we've played on here haven't suited any one particular bowler. All bowlers have suffered at the hands of the wicket. But it's still a game of cricket, you've got to get more runs than the opposition team. You've got to handle those conditions better than the opposition team, and if you don't you're going to lose the game."

England remain second in their group, with three points, despite the defeat, but Group B has been thrown wide open and their next game, against South Africa on Sunday in Chennai, is sure to provide a stiff challenge.

"The game coming up against South Africa is a huge one for us. Generally we've bounced back from defeat well in the past, whether it's in Test cricket or one-day cricket. We're going to have to do that very quickly and probably be honest with each other and realise where we can improve and make those improvements very quickly. Hopefully it'll galvanise us as a team. The equation is pretty simple now: we can't afford any slip-ups and we're going to have to go out there and deliver."

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Steve on (March 5, 2011, 22:22 GMT)

@Meety... well - you're entitled to your opinion; no matter how misguided (read Australian) it is! Far from Andrew Strauss making excuses, he's exhibited class in graciously accepting a freak defeat! He understands that it's only a sport and that it's important to remember that some one will always lose and someone always win (Ties apart!) Hopefully England will progress further and meet the yellow shirts in the knock out stages? Now that will be a contest! Should England beat SA tonight it will see them go to the top of the group with good prospects for a group win. Well.... I can only hope! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by Andrew on (March 5, 2011, 21:53 GMT)

@phoenixsteve - sorry to see the rain dissapointed you there, but I think Oz had the game well under control at THAT point when the rain came, who knows what Sanga MAY have done. IF the rain had of stopped the match would of been interesting given the spinners grip on the ball would of been severly limiting AND I don't think D/L would of been TOO kind to SL. Excuses? Let me see the Pommie list SINCE the Ashes & the supposed start of WORLD DOMINATION; Players tired, Players sore, Scheduling tough, Injuries, Pitches TOO flat, Freak result (thanks for that one), 2nd string bowling line up (if 1 bowler is missing), 4th string bowling line up (if 2 bowlers missing), not motivated. This ALL based on either quotes by Strauss/Flower or you AND your other notable bloggers who are a bit SILENT at the moment! LOL! Quick note - it appears Strauss DID get on the GROG AFTER the press conference! Don't blame him, I wonder if he said what he REALLY feels to his bowlers!!!!

Posted by Steve on (March 5, 2011, 18:17 GMT)

Shame about the rain letting the Aussies off the hook.... I guess we'll never really know? For England and India/Ireland the contest really hots up today! England have underperformed so far (esp the bowling/fielding) and SA have had it all their own way. The contest will see if England are indeed serious contenders and it'll also show what Ireland are made of. Fortunately for SA this one isn't a 'must win' - as they are not a good side under pressure.... (and therefore not a good side - you could argue?) Another shock result by Ireland will be something - and even I will be on the Guiness if this happens! Only a few hours to go (about 9 actually) and then much wil be revealed. May the best sides win. COME ON ENGLAND/IRELAND!

Posted by John on (March 5, 2011, 16:42 GMT)

@phoenixsteve, apparently the rain was the best team. Ruined what would have been a good match unfortunately. :(

Posted by Steve on (March 5, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

@Meety... Wow - to hear an Aussie be so downbeat about thhe Ashes realy shows that some of you guys have accepted your teams weakness in the purest form of the game! I concede that T20 is a quick thrash about- but so is the ODI format. Freak results happen and fair play to Ireland they rode their luck and played really well for 20 overs. Would this happen in the 5 day game? Of course not! AS ever some of the Aussie supporters have taken the meaning of being bad loers to the next level! With 30 minutes to go I'm expecting Sri Lanka to thump the guys in Canary Yellow. We'll see and just wait for the whinging excuses? May the best team win.......

Posted by Andrew on (March 5, 2011, 6:28 GMT)

@voma - I trust you could see that I was not being entirely serious about my Ashes comments. Just wanted to leave the Ashes comments to Tests & discuss the World Cup. I have tried really hard to not be a smart a#@e over the Ireland result its been really hard though! Quick note on Morgan, he has been very good for England in the past - but I think his form WAS tailing off in Oz, not sure if he is/was the cure! @Nampally - I felt sorry for Strauss, to have to front the media after that result. I personally think he should of frog-marched Anderson & his fellow "bowlers" out there to field the questions, while he goes & gets on the grog!!!!!

Posted by joel on (March 4, 2011, 13:42 GMT)

Something-witty and meety , hello boys hows it going down under ? . Whos won the ashes 3 times out of the last 4 ! . and meety dont give me that old speel about the Ashes not being important to aussies . Anyway keep up the good posts , there the only things worth reading about at the moment .

Posted by John on (March 4, 2011, 7:14 GMT)

Aha! And my fellow armchair sportsmen from England find their voices (or fingers) at last. Oh dear this must be embarrassing. Nearly as embarrassing as Australia losing the Ashes to England, but not quite.

Posted by Manesh on (March 4, 2011, 4:06 GMT)

@Ali. Pakistan riding on their luck. Wait for the QFs. And more importantly, India never lost that match even if they were in such a position. Our bowlers will be in form at the time of QFs.

Posted by Andrew on (March 4, 2011, 2:02 GMT)

@ truth1 - ouch thats nasty - but funny! @ phoenixsteve - yawn! This is the W/Cup - what are the Ashes anyway??? Some useless prize celebrating the demise of English cricket OVER 100yrs ago! T20 BTW - is a cheap & useless imitation of the REAL cricket, 50 over style!!! Australia OWN the W/Cup - its OURS, you may as well go back to England & spend 12mths in planning on how you'll beat Ireland some time in the future!!! LOL!!! @ landl47 - not wanting to sound smug (seriously), but do you see how a trend can emerge in 50 over cricket that holds no matter where you play? No matter how many "strings" you use!!!! England regularly couldn't defend scores around 300 against Oz, that trend has continued (the Canada trial game included). @Mervo - LOL, very good!

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