One of my abiding memories of the last World Cup gets played every now and again on Sky. England, having been beaten and knocked out of the tournament, are boarding the team bus, and a beered up supporter shouts “disgraceful Nasser, disgraceful son” at Mr Hussain. Marcus Trescothick stands at the steps of the bus and gives the heckler a mournful glare.

The reason I mention this is that I – like the vocal supporter at the last tournament – feel a little let down by England in this World Cup. Having just been hammered by South Africa and booed off the pitch, England have been shown up as the very average one day side it is. The end of the Commonwealth Bank series showed some promise – albeit with a makeshift side – and we were promised more in this tournament. All tournament, as England have started badly, shown promise, and then thrown winning positions away, we have been promised that England will click – we haven’t and we are out of the tournament.

I think the world of Michael Vaughan and would be the first to highlight the improvements the English test side has made under Duncan Fletcher, however for all their good work we still play one day cricket like county sides did in the eighties and nineties.

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