Shane Warne, Bob Willis slam England tactics

Shane Warne has said England will never win a major limited overs tournament © Getty Images

London: Jun 15, 2013

Cricketing legends Shane Warne and Bob Willis have slammed England’s One-Day International (ODI) batting, specifically from the top-order, as ‘belonging to the last century’, following the hosts’ seven-wicket hammering by Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

According to the Mirror, instead of embracing the no-fear style of Twenty20 and taking advantage of fielding restrictions in the 50-over game from the off, England have gone for caution, which although is an approach to win some games, failed against Thursday’s clash against Sri Lanka.

As England prepared for Sunday’s crunch game against New Zealand, Australian spin legend Warne scorned the strategy employed by Alastair Cook’s side in ODIs in Twitter. He Tweeted, “Yes Aust have concerns about their performances, but again England’s style of play will never allow them to win a major ltd over tournament.” [sic]

Former fast bowler Willis joined former England Test captain Ian Botham in saying that the batting top-order comprising of Cook, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are responsible for preventing the team from making a successful run-rate.

Willis said, “The bald facts are England don’t have a player with the quality of Kumar Sangakkara in their ODI XI. Cook and Trott don’t win One-Day cricket matches for England. They do not score quickly enough.

“Sangakkara wins matches, England’s batsmen do not win matches on their own. They do not go on and get 130, they get out when they are on 70, or get a hundred in a losing cause.

“Could Cook, Bell or Trott have scored 28 off the last over? I don’t think so. I don’t think they are capable of batting like Ravi Bopara did. Too many overs are used up by those three.”

He also added that England rely too heavily on a late slog from the likes of Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler, who, he said, should be given more time to score more runs quickly.

(With inputs from ANI)