LONDON – Former captain Michael Vaughan on Friday branded Jonny Bairstow’s claim that people are waiting for England to fail at the World Cup as “negative” and “pathetic”.
England opener Bairstow was responding to criticism from Vaughan and fellow ex-skipper Kevin Pietersen after the hosts suffered consecutive losses against Sri Lanka and Australia.
Pietersen said current skipper Eoin Morgan was “scared” in the 64-run defeat by Australia, while Bairstow was played a radio clip of Vaughan saying England could be heading for their worst World Cup.
Morgan’s side now face an uphill task to reach the semi-finals, with tough matches to come against India and New Zealand.
“People were waiting for us to fail,” said Bairstow. “They are not willing us on to win. In many ways, they are waiting for you to get that loss, so they can jump on your throat.