They were on a lose-lose going into this match and they’ve done what they had to. If they had lost it would have been an absolute train smash and even winning, they’re only doing what was expected of them.
It was never going to be an easy fixture to play in but at least they’ve done the job in a rain-affected match.
Can you take positives out of it? Probably not, but it’s a win and they brought in some new players. Looking to the future, there’s an indication of the philosophy with Alex Hales at the top of the order, they brought James Tredwell back in and he’s the best spinner they’ve got in the one-day game and Ravi Bopara was back as well.
They’ve obviously got an eye on what’s ahead and the way they want to go but unfortunately it feels a bit too late now.
Chris Jordan is a serious cricketer. This World Cup has really highlighted what direction the one-day game is going and it really is heading down the Twenty20 route. Players used to have a bit of a laugh about hitting fours and sixes and not getting out but that’s how it is these days.
Jordan’s a modern cricketer, he’s a powerful player, a fast bowler, he’s good at the death, he’s got great hands and his batting can be very destructive down the bottom end of the order as well. It’s good to see him in there and you would think he’ll play a lot of Twebty20 and one-day cricket for England in the future.
A lot of the good teams at the World Cup have got 3D players and he’s one of those.
I think everyone will realise now that Hales probably should have been playing a year ago and given a good run of games to get his form going into the World Cup. He’s quite a relaxed character and that’s another thing that England need to look at. He just keeps it pretty simple and he’s another youngster that will hopefully have time to adjust to international cricket.
The devastating thing is that it’s another four years until the next ICC Cricket World Cup. We keep coming out of these tournaments saying we’ve learnt lessons but it really is the time to learn them. We always find out the hard way.
You don’t want a rain-affected game in the first place. They used the conditions very well, got the ball to move around a bit and sometimes against Associate teams you can think short, short, short but they did move the ball around and took wickets that way.
They’ll move on but it’s just so disappointing that we’re not in the quarter-finals.
I’ve been in this situation and it’s really tough as a player. You feel as though the whole world is on top of you. You almost feel as if the extent of the inquest isn’t deserved. But they will understand they haven’t performed and I thought they had the most skilful squad that we’ve gone into a World Cup with.