England out of World Cup after Bangladesh defeat

England suffered another embarrassing loss against Bangladesh, as they were eliminated from the World Cup.

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ECB denies talks with Pietersen over England return

Could Kevin Pietersen return to the England team? Credit: PA

England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton has denied that he has been contacted by Kevin Pietersen to discuss a potential return to the national team.

Pietersen has become optimistic his England career could yet be revived and reports on Tuesday claimed that the 34-year-old had held conversations with intermediaries acting for the ECB.

"He hasn't asked me for a meeting," said Downton. "As far as the ECB is concerned no position has changed. We put out a statement last week."

Downton was one of the key figures in casting Pietersen out of the England set-up following last year's 5-0 Ashes whitewash and when asked if he would consider a meeting with the South Africa-born batman, he added: "I don't know what to say to that to be honest.

"It's not something that is at the forefront of the selectors' minds now. We've got a group of players that we are working with and looking to progress the England team.

"Nothing has changed from where we were in the last year."

England's World Cup embarrassment has given ammunition to those who believe it was a mistake to axe Pietersen.


World Cup performance 'not acceptable' - Gough

Former England cricketer Darren Gough has told ITV News it's unacceptable for England to have crashed out of the World Cup in the group stages.

The retired cricketer said it was "poor performance" and that England got the game plan "all wrong" in a "disastrous tournament".

Moores will be England coach 'for some time to come'

England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton has told ITV News he thinks Pete Moores' job is safe despite a disastrous World Cup.

Downton said his view is that Moores will be England head coach "for some time to come yet".

Downton backs England coach Moores to succeed

Paul Downton, left, has voiced his support for Peter Moores, right. Credit: PA

England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton believes Peter Moores is the right man to take England forward.

Downton was speaking after a disastrous World Cup, which has seen England go out in the group stages.

I have every faith in Peter Moores.

Part of the reason for appointing Peter Moores was he is a very experienced coach.

Whoever took this job was going to have a really difficult job.

We had a side that broke up in Australia, we had to introduce new players and part of dealing with it - which was obviously going to be pressurised - was that experience.

We're very early into an appointment. Much as we'd like to change things instantly, it takes time.

– Paul Downton speaking Sky Sports

England being left behind in one-day cricket - Bresnan

Tim Bresnan has been quite clear. Credit: PA

All-rounder Tim Bresnan believes England are being 'left behind' in one-day international cricket.

The Yorkshireman says other teams have surpassed England in terms of how the shorter form is played.

It's a shocker, it's difficult to justify not getting through to the quarter-finals.

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.

– Tim Bresnan speaking to Press Association Sport.


England coach Moores: My future is out of my hands

Peter Moores is under pressure. Credit: PA

Peter Moores admits his side have been poor in the World Cup, after witnessing their final demise against Bangladesh.

The England head coach's position is now under threat and he doesn't know if he will be kept on.

Every day you look at if you could have got it right. Now, you feel hollow inside and hugely disappointed. You're not think a lot about if you did things right. Any analysis will be done later.

It's not my decision if I'm given time. I'm here to try to make a difference. You can't look too far ahead. We should have won that game and we should take that on the chin.

I understand why people would think I'm not he right man, but it's a bigger picture than that. We haven't played good ODI cricket for a while. We brought what we thought were an exciting group of players, young. There's work to do. The players aren't bad players, but we haven't played well enough.

We prepared well. We covered the right stuff, but we haven't played well. We have to take that.

– Peter Moores

Boycott: England have made too many mistakes

Geoffrey Boycott is not happy. Credit: PA

Former England captain Geoff Boycott has criticised the current regime for a 'catalogue of mistakes' in the run up to the World Cup.

Peter Moores' side were dumped out in the group stages following a desperate defeat to Bangladesh on Monday.

This World Cup has been catalogue of mistakes. Alex Hales was playing in Sri Lanka then he doesn't play for weeks. Gary Ballance comes in, we have seen Steven Finn playing poorly for a long time, there was the sacking of KP and not telling the public the full reasons.

Sticking with Cook for far too long as captain. The whole thing is a mess, and when you keep making mistakes you can't expect the players to suddenly turn it on and play well in a World Cup.

– Geoff Boycott speaking on Test Match Special

Moores: England lack World Cup experience

Peter Moores saw his side lose to Bangladesh. Credit: PA

England head coach Peter Moores has bemoaned the lack of experience in his side after being eliminated from the World Cup.

Moores did defend skipper Eoin Morgan, despite only leading the team to one victory in the group stage.

We feel hollow, we haven't played well enough. I don't know what to say, what to feel... you feel like you've let people down. I don't think we bowled as well as we could have done in the middle but we started well and ended well. The bowlers haven't bowled as well as they wanted to do, that's been reflected in results.

We should have chased that down tonight. We haven't got a settled team, we lost two key players at the top of the order - Jonathan Trott was our number three - we accept that and move on from it. We picked the side we thought was the best team. We went for more explosive batters but we know historically we were taking a risk because more experienced teams do better in World Cups.

I don't think Eoin Morgan is a bad captain, just because we lost tonight. The analysis we do is not how it is talked about in the press. That's not the issue, we just haven't played well enough.

– Peter Moores speaking to Sky Sports
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