‘We’ll have to look at the data’: England’s World Cup disaster deconstructed

Ian Bell is England’s top scorer with 210 runs – 23rd in the rankings.


Of the 22 to score more, only two – Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah and Samiullah Shenwari of Afghanistan – have done so at a slower strike rate.


England’s best score. Australia, Sri Lanka and South Africa have surpassed that three times, while West Indies, Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Scotland have all scored higher.


England’s ever‑present bowlers – Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes – have taken a combined 12 wickets combined. New Zealand’s Trent Boult and Tim Southee have both bettered that tally alone.


England captain Eoin Morgan scored 90 runs in five innings at No5 at an average of 18.


In four innings at No3 Gary Ballance scored 36 runs. In his four innings at first drop Ireland’s Ed Joyce has scored 233, India’s Virat Kohli 219. In five innings in the position Kumar Sangakkara has hit 372.


Ireland have beaten five full members at World Cups since 1992; England have beaten four.


England have a World Cup win percentage of 27% against full members since the 1996 edition. West Indies during the same period, for example, have a win percentage of 41%.


New Zealand had 226 balls remaining when they secured their win over England in Wellington – the most comprehensive run-chase victory in the tournament.


Only two games in the tournament have ended in nine-wicket margins of victory: India’s win over UAE and Sri Lanka’s demolition of England (in the game in which England posted their highest total).


Only two England players – Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali – have batting strike rates of over 100. Elsewhere there are 47 other players who have SRs in excess of 100 – seven of them in the Australia side.


Moeen Ali has a bowling economy rate of 5.28 which is England’s best – there are 44 other bowlers at the tournament who can boast a better economy rate.

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