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Legendary England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham believes that the national team “have absolutely no chance of winning the World Cup”.
Botham’s comments come after England were humiliated in their 133-run loss via the Duckworth-Lewis method to India in the second ODI in Cardiff.
“We have absolutely no chance of winning the World Cup as on the evidence I’ve seen here we are miles behind the rest,” Botham said. “We had batsmen not scoring and too many dot balls and we have three of the top four batters – Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Joe Root – all scoring at around the same pace, around mid-70s.
“Most other countries have rates in the high 80s or 90s and that’s what wins you games, as India showed by recovering from 19-2 after eight overs to amass over 300.”
Botham also pointed out that the England batsmen looked “absolutely clueless” when facing India’s spinners.
“India also knew that all they needed to do was bring on the spinners to make England look absolutely clueless,” he said. “That’s what happened…something we see everywhere we go.
“We also didn’t have the discipline to keep the opposition under pressure when we had them in all kinds of trouble when we were bowling.”
Botham also suggested that England should drop pace bowler Chris Jordan, who gave away 12 wides during the match, and replace him with Steven Finn.
“I would give Finn, whose record in one-day cricket is exceptional, a go because in Australia and New Zealand his pace and bounce will be what you want,” Botham said.