Bresnan: England left behind


Published: Monday 9th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Tim Bresnan believes England have “been left behind” in one-day cricket after their embarrassing World Cup exit.

Bresnan has played 84 ODIs for his country but has not featured since Peter Moores’ return as head coach, leaving him as a spectator this winter.

England have crashed to four defeats from five matches on the big stage, with Monday’s loss to Bangladesh sending them out at the group stage with a game to spare.

And the Yorkshireman thinks the problem is a chronic one.

“It’s a shocker, it’s difficult to justify not getting through to the quarter-finals,” he told Press Association Sport.

“As groups go you would expect to qualify from this one. But the game has moved on. The rest of the world have sprinted ahead and we’ve been left behind a little bit.

“England are a strong side on paper but they’re struggling to put in performances.

“We’re lacking a few match-winning efforts from the senior players and it’s a difficult time for the side.”

Bresnan’s Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie has been tipped as a future England coach.

With incumbent Peter Moores likely to come under fierce scrutiny following this latest humbling, he can expect plenty more speculation on that front soon but the Australian was unequivocal in ruling out a move in the short term.

“It’s nice to be thought of in that way but I’ll tell you right now: I’m committed to Yorkshire and looking forward to the county season.”

Gillespie has been surprised by England’s woeful efforts in Australia and New Zealand but believes they have come up short with both bat and ball.

“It’s disappointing for England, they’re a better side than that,” he said.

“But to be honest they haven’t bowled well enough and the batting at times has let them down as well. With that combination you aren’t going to win too many games.”

Published: Monday 9th March 2015 by The News Editor

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