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What has gone wrong for England at T20 World Cup and can they recover?

England face the prospect of an embarrassing group-stage exit.


Defending champions England are under early pressure at the T20 World Cup after a rained off game against Scotland and a heavy defeat by Australia.

Here, the PA news agency looks at how things have gone wrong and what comes next for Jos Buttler’s side.

How badly have they started?

Six months on from their dreadful performance at the 50-over World Cup in India, all the talk was focused on a new beginning in a different format. But they have resolutely failed to lay down any kind of marker. Although frustrated by the weather against Scotland, they were far from impressive in the 10 overs that were possible, going wicketless as their lower-ranked neighbours racked up 90 without loss. Against Australia, they were outclassed in all three facets. Laborious in the field, with curious captaincy decisions and a faltering middle order – the portents were not good.

Can they reach the next round?

There is still a path to the Super 8 stage and it starts with beating associate nations Oman and Namibia in Antigua this week. It would be a calamity if they fail to win either of those games, but mere victory may not be enough. With Scotland already on five points, qualification is likely to come down to net run-rate. The Scots gave their tally a big lift with a quickfire win over Oman on Sunday and England will know they must win by heavy margins to swing the numbers in their favour.

Do Australia have a role to play?

Australia captain Mitch Marsh tosses a cricket ball at net practice.
Australia, led by Mitch Marsh, could help decide England’s fate (Jason O’Brien/PA)

What can England change?

Jonny Bairstow walks off the field after being dismissed in a T20 international.
Jonny Bairstow could find himself under pressure for his place (Nick Potts/PA)

Are jobs really on the line?

Jos Buttler and Matthew Mott (right)
Jos Buttler and Matthew Mott (right) could find themselves in the firing line (Andrew Matthews/PA).
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