Michael Vaughan: England are a soap opera, says former captain

England coach Peter Moores (left) and some England players following defeat by Bangladesh
The future of coach Peter Moores (left) has been questioned following England's World Cup exit

England's current plight resembles a "soap opera", according to former captain Michael Vaughan.

The team are in disarray after making an early exit from the World Cup, leading to speculation that coach Peter Moores could be sacked.

Selectors have also been criticised by Alastair Cook for dropping him as one-day captain and are also under pressure to clarify Kevin Pietersen's future.

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Vaughan said the situation was so dire it was worth someone making "a movie."

It has been a difficult 10 days for England, which began with their elimination from the World Cup courtesy of a 15-run defeat by Bangladesh.

Test skipper Cook has since said that he should not have been replaced two months before the start of the event.

Meanwhile, Pietersen, who was sacked by England in February last year, has revealed his desire to earn a recall to the national side.

Selector James Whitaker has subsequently stated that the 34-year-old is "not in our plans", despite incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves admiting he has spoken to Pietersen about a return.

'Not a cat in hell's chance...'

Vaughan does not believe the South African-born batsman will make an imminent return: "I don't think Pietersen has a cat in hell's chance of playing for England under the current management.

"James Whitaker is right to say he is not in his plans at the minute, but what if England play poorly and continue to play in the fashion they have throughout the winter?

"They haven't played good cricket - there has been poor selections and poor strategies - and that is down to the management and the coaches."

Post-England Pietersen (February 2014-present)
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Vaughan thinks the forthcoming tour to the West Indies could help the current England management out of a hole.

"If there had been a six-to-eight-week break, there might have been a chance to change some things," he said. "But because it is a quick turnaround, they can go with the same management and see how they perform in the West Indies.

"But it is a banana skin. Playing away from home is difficult in Test match cricket. If England play poorly, who is to say in May that the new chairman comes in and there might be a change in management.

"If Pietersen is scoring county runs, a new man might fancy a bit of Pietersen in the middle order. It is a long shot but why not leave that open?"

'You become better when you're out of the side'

Vaughan says Cook's criticism of the selectors for dropping him as one-day captain is "staggering".

"England were number one in the world and they got to the Champions Trophy final, but that was two years ago," said Vaughan.

Alastair Cook
Cook's last ODI century was in June 2012

"The only series they have won in the last two years has been away from home in the Caribbean when Cook wasn't the captain."

'Leaks have to stop'

However, Vaughan thinks the way the England management dealt with Cook'ss sacking was wrong.

"We knew Alastair Cook was losing the job as one-day captain before Alastair Cook did," said Vaughan. "How does that happen? It is terrible management.

"There are leaks coming left, right and centre from the England and Wales Cricket Board. That has to stop."

England's 12 months
Feb 2014: Kevin Pietersen is sacked by England following the 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia
Mar 2014: England fail to get out of their group at the World T20
Dec 2014: Alastair Cook replaced by Eoin Morgan as one-day captain following series defeats to India and Sri Lanka (twice)
Mar 2015: England knocked out of World Cup in pool stage after losing four of six games
18 Mar 2015: Pietersen reveals he will do "anything" to regain his England spot, but selector James Whitaker says he is "not part" of their plans.
19 Mar 2015: Incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves admits he has spoken to Pietersen about a return to the England side.

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