A look at England's hugely disappointing World Cup campaign.

    The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup was supposed to be the turning point for English cricket but once again they failed to live up to any form of expectations.

    Removing Alastair Cook as captain and installing Eoin Morgan as the man to take England forward in the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand was meant to have a galvanising effect. A positive performance at the World Cup would allow the side to build momentum going into the series against the West Indies and New Zealand later in the year.

    However, it was not meant to be and England crashed out at the group stage returning home with their tails firmly between their legs. So what went wrong? Here is our look back at another calamitous World Cup campaign.


    Renewed optimism

    England arrived in Australia with a renewed sense of optimism and looking to make a fresh start. Alastair Cook's disastrous reign as captain was at an end as selectors removed him from his position. The disappointing 5-2 series defeat to Sri Lanka was the final straw for Cook and Eoin Morgan replaced him as the man to take England to the World Cup.

    The pre-tournament International Triangular Series against Australia and India provided some further hope that England could perform on the big stage again. Two resounding victories over India boosted confidence and despite a final defeat to the hosts, the squad looked more buoyant.

    The batting of Joe Root and Moeen Ali provided some cause for optimism but this was all set to evaporate into the ether within six days of the World Cup starting.


    Outplayed, out-thought

    England's campaign began with a showpiece match against hosts Australia at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground. It would prove to be the first real acid test of their credentials but Morgan's men wilted under the pressure. Unable to cope with the batting of Aaron Finch, who scored 135, England were left chasing 342 for nine.

    Only James Taylor was able to post a respectable score of 98 not out but England crumbled and lost by 111 runs. While the Australia defeat may have been expected, no-one could have foreseen the shambles against New Zealand six days later. At a packed Wellington Regional Stadium, England's batting order collapsed.

    New Zealand bowler Tim Southee became only the fourth man to take seven wickets in a World Cup match as he tore through England's meek batting. Southee came off the pitch with a record of 7-33 as the visitor's final seven wickets fell for just 19 runs. The hosts made light work of England's 123 and reached the total within 12.2 overs.

    A 119-run win over Scotland papered over the cracks somewhat before the alarm bells began ringing once again when they faced Sri Lanka in Wellington. Posting a score of 309 for six, it was a much better innings from England's batters, with Joe Root making 121, but it was the bowling that would this time be their downfall.

    Sri Lanka made light work of the total with Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara in inspired form. Thirimanne hit an unbeaten 139 while Sangakkara hit 117 not out as England's score was eliminated with 16 balls to spare and with the loss of just one wicket. Morgan's men's hopes of securing a place in the knockout phase now hung by a thread as they headed into a crunch match against Bangladesh.

    In a pulsating match in Adelaide, England needed 276 but despite the efforts of Jos Buttler who smashed 65 runs off just 52 balls they were unable to match it and were all out for 260. It meant they exited at the group stages for the third time in five World Cups.


    What now?

    Commenting after the Bangladesh match, Morgan said: "I'm gutted at the moment. There'll be an inquest over the next few weeks as to what happened and what went wrong. Then we'll go from there."

    England need to regroup and fast. Following their exit from the World Cup they face a tour of the West Indies which will include a Test series against the Windies. A further Test series against New Zealand is the prelude to the 2015 Ashes against Australia.

    They need a huge response against the Aussies if they are to banish the memory of the embarrassing whitewash defeat in last year's series.



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