18 February 2015:Â Former batting coach and captain Graham Gooch says he was “gobsmacked” at the way England bowled during their 111-run World Cup defeat by Australia.
England allowed Australia to hit 105 runs off the final 10 overs, with Glenn Maxwell making 66 off just 40 balls.
Gooch told BBC Radio 5 live: “There’s no disgrace in defeat, but the way they racked up runs was embarrassing.”
England will seek to put things right in their second match against New Zealand on Friday (01:00 GMT).
Gooch made 125 appearances for England in one-day cricket, scoring 4,290 runs at an average of 42.11, as well as accumulating 8,900 runs from his 118 Test matches for his country.
The 61-year-old helped England to the final of the 1992 World Cup against Pakistan, as well as appearing at the 1979 and 1987 tournaments.
Meanwhile, former spinner Phil Tufnell described the closing stages of the heavy defeat as “schoolboy cricket” and said bowling coach David Saker and captain Eoin Morgan were under immense pressure.
“The bowling coach must have something to do with this and the captaincy must be called into question,” he said.
“It’s the inevitability of England’s performances in 50-over cricket: you know how they’re going to fail.”
Source : BBC Sport