I write this column as England knock off the final runs in their win over Afghanistan in a day/night when the weather really has epitomised the team’s World Cup campaign – a damp, dreary experience.
It’s hard to put in words the disappointment of both players and supporters.
I know how hard the players have worked towards this World Cup and how disappointed the three ISM lads out there are.
Like the Ashes with Test match cricket, ODI World Cups often mark the end of players’ careers and present opportunities for the new breed. This one will be no exception.
There have been lots of column inches already written about how poor the planning has been, how poor the management has been, how poor our levels of performance have been.
I’m not sure who will be reviewing the performance of the management but, in turn, I guess they will be reviewing the performance of the players.
Who will be jettisoned and who will survive?
All I will say is that if Colin Graves was already in situ, there would possibly be more changes made than while Giles Clarke is still in charge.
I guess it’s time to look forward to the knock-out phase of the World Cup. There has already been some breathtaking cricket played and, with the eight best teams in the tournament about to do battle, the next two weeks will be enthralling.
Although Australia have lost to New Zealand, I am taking them to win the tournament. If they play New Zealand again, I don’t think they will bat as badly and I’m not sure that New Zealand will be able to cope with chasing a big score against the pace of Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.
It’s going to be fascinating viewing and will be worth watching.