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Stewart interested in new England role

Alec Stewart says he's open to the idea of the vacant role. Credit: PA

Alec Stewart has admitted he would be open to the idea of taking a role with England after the departure of Paul Downton from the ECB.

Surrey's cricket director revealed he would be "silly not to listen" to England and Wales Cricket Board bosses if they enquired about his services as they look to restructure following the exit of managing director Downton, who was sacked on Wednesday.

Surrey boss Stewart admitted anyone "who feels they could make a difference at the top level" will be interested.

England's former wicketkeeper-batsman said he will talk to ECB chiefs if they consult him over filling a proposed new director of cricket role.

"The first question is what does the job entail? What is the job description?" said Stewart."

"I've always been passionate about England and English cricket and if the ECB want to speak to me of course I'll speak to them."

"They would have to get permission from Surrey first.

Earlier today, former England captain Michael Vaughan re-affirmed his interest in taking on the newly created role - but only if he feels he can make a difference.

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Boycott shocked by England humiliation

England's collapse to an eight-wicket World Cup trouncing by New Zealand has left Geoff Boycott in a state of shock.

Geoff Boycott laid into England after the dismal display. Credit: PA

Former England captain Boycott is notably rarely lost for words - but he appeared bemused by the descent of Eoin Morgan's team to 123 all out, and then New Zealand's charge to victory in just 12.2 overs.

It was all over several hours before much of the United Kingdom woke up back home, leaving Boycott and others present to deliver the grim update.

It's bit of a shock. England should have been able to post a really good total, and maybe even bat New Zealand out of the game. But they just collapsed totally.

This wasn't an uncovered pitch, or a grassy pitch, where the ball has seamed and swung all over the place. This was a flat 270 pitch, minimum - and we made a right mess of it. Maybe they're not as good as they think they are.

I said that about the captain, and everybody went mad about it - but maybe England aren't as good as they think they are. They've got a lot of work to do.

– Former England captain Boycott speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live

Moores: England must improve in key areas

England have some key areas to address if they are to advance to the later stages of the World Cup, according to coach Peter Moores.

England head coach Peter Moores has much to ponder Down Under. Credit: JULIAN SMITH/AAP/Press Association

The tournament began in dismal fashion for Eoin Morgan's men as they were crushed by 111 runs by co-hosts Australia in Melbourne.

They next face in-form co-hosts New Zealand in Wellington on Friday, and Moores hopes to see signs of improvement.

"If we're going to win this tournament we've got to get better over the next few weeks so by the time we get to the knockout stages we've got a real chance of putting people under pressure to win games," he told Sky Sports.

"(The defeat) showed there's a gap between us and Australia. We can still beat them, of course we can, and we've got to try and bridge that gap over the next few weeks as well as winning games.

"If we play Australia again it will be in the knockout stages and by that time we've got to have addressed some of the key areas where we need to get better."

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Australia captain Clarke ruled out of England match

Australia captain Michael Clarke has lost his race to be fit for Saturday's blockbuster World Cup opener against England.

Clarke has lost his race to be fit for Saturday's opener. Credit: PA

Coach Darren Lehmann confirmed that Clarke would not play at the MCG despite the 33-year-old's quicker-than-expected recovery from hamstring surgery.

Clarke pulled on an Australia shirt for the first time in two months on Wednesday night, hitting 64 and bowling two overs of spin, as his side finalised their World Cup preparations with a 188-run win over United Arab Emirates.

No he's not playing Saturday. I'm happy with the way he pulled up, really happy with his progress and we're going to stick to the plan. He'll play against Bangladesh.

– Australia coach Darren Lehmann

Watch Cricket World Cup highlights on Saturday 14th February at 10:35pm on ITV and 10pm on Sunday 15th February on ITV4.

England dismiss India for 200 in Australia

England put themselves on course for the Tri-Series final as they dismissed India for 200 at the WACA.

England are firm favourites for victory after bowling India out for 200. Credit: Reuters

At the mid-point of the match England were firm favourites to join hosts Australia in Sunday's showpiece, having turned in a disciplined display in the field.

Having won the toss and inserted India, England captain Eoin Morgan will have been thoroughly impressed with the way his attack dovetailed as all five bowlers took wickets.

But India were abject following an opening stand of 83, losing all 10 wickets for 117.

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