LONDON – England really are proving to be the most hospitable of hosts.
Having already surprisingly lost to Sri Lanka last week to open up the World Cup, Eoin Morgan’s team swung the door even wider with a crushing 64-run defeat to arch-rivals Australia at Lord’s yesterday.
England remain in fourth place - the last semi-final position - with eight points from seven matches, but now have Bangladesh (7 points), Sri Lanka (6), Pakistan (5) and the even the West Indies (3) all breathing down their necks. To compound matters, England’s remaining matches are against India and New Zealand, who are both above them on the standings.
In contrast, the Australians are marching on with that same swagger that came naturally before all the Sandpapergate hoopla.
They were, of course, reminded of their ugly past yesterday when even the loyal patrons of Lord’s greeted former captain Steve Smith with a chorus of boos as he strode out of the Members’ Pavilion.