Cricket World Cup: England hit new low, says Ashley Giles

England captain Eoin Morgan
Pool A: England v Scotland
Venue: Christchurch Date: Sunday, 22 February Time: 22.00 GMT
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England's performances at the World Cup have hit a new low, says former one-day coach Ashley Giles.

England have lost their opening two games in the tournament, with their latest defeat a crushing eight-wicket loss to co-hosts New Zealand.

Giles told BBC 5 live Sport: "It's probably never been this bad. It was their biggest defeat ever in a World Cup game."

He fears defeat to Scotland in their next game on Monday is not impossible.

The former England left-arm spinner, who lost his job as England's limited-overs coach last April and is now head coach of Lancashire, added: "The way they're playing, they're so low on confidence you wouldn't put it past them.

"The Scots gave New Zealand a good run in the end. It's a real potential banana skin."

Pool A
TeamPlayedWonLostN/RR/RPoints
1New Zealand3300+3.596
2Australia1100+2.222
3Bangladesh1100+2.102
4Sri Lanka1010-1.960
5Afghanistan1010-2.100
6Scotland1010-3.040
7England2020-3.950

England can still qualify for the quarter-finals from Pool A of the World Cup.

But after losing to Australia in their opening fixture, Eoin Morgan's side have little margin for error against Scotland in Christchurch on Monday (22:00 GMT on Sunday).

Former England spinner Phil Tufnell is also concerned about England's prospects against Scotland, who were beaten by three wickets by New Zealand in their first match.

"I didn't think we'd beat New Zealand and Australia, but the manner and the deficit of the defeats was shocking," he said.

"Let's just hope they can put it right against Scotland, otherwise we'll never live it down."

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