England’s opening batsman Jonny Bairstow claimed that the people are waiting for the team to fail to raise questions. The Eoin Morgan-led side has lost their last two consecutive matches against Sri Lanka and Australia. Thus, there are doubts raised over England’s chances to make it to the semi-finals. Subsequently, Bairstow stated that people are waiting for an excuse to criticise them.
In fact, England is considered one of the favourites to win the trophy for the first time. However, their last two defeats have left them gasping for the qualification of the last four. England had also lost to Pakistan and hence, they have savoured three defeats in the tournament.
England has been severely criticised.
Consequently, the hosts are left with two matches against India and New Zealand. England will need to win at least one to confirm their qualification.
“I was surprised with a clip of Vaughan’s comments at 8.30. Bloody hell. That’s pretty rich,” Bairstow said.
“It’s part and parcel of modern life I’m afraid. That’s the world at the moment. You can’t be seen doing anything without someone having an opinion on it.
“People now are paid to have an opinion. Because we’ve done so well, any opportunity for someone to see we’ve lost two games, they were always going to jump on it.
On the other hand, former swashbuckling England batsman Kevin Pietersen had claimed that Eoin Morgan had looked scared while facing Mitchell Starc. Furthermore, Michael Vaughan had also jumped into the discussion.
“People were waiting for us to fail. They are not willing us on to win, in many ways, they are waiting for you to get that loss so they can jump on your throat. It’s a typical English thing to do, in every sport.”
England has been in fine form in the last four years. However, their last two matches haven’t gone to plan. Hence, England will need to pull up their socks in the remaining two matches to end up in the last four. Australia has already qualified whereas New Zealand and India are looking good to make to the semifinals.
England will play undefeated India at Edgbaston, Birmingham on 30th June.