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Matt Maher: Heroes to zeros with help from powers that be for England

It really doesn’t take a genius to understand why in the space of just four years England have gone from champions to chumps in 50-over cricket.

England captain Jos Butler

Their measly defence of the World Cup in India is a classic case of the old saying failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

After Saturday’s record defeat to South Africa, yesterday’s match against Sri Lanka was billed must-win but if anything the performance was even worse, Jos Buttler’s team bowled out for just 156 and losing by eight wickets.

Though they are not mathematically out of the tournament, it really will take a minor miracle for them to make the semi-finals.