Cricket World Cup 2015: England display embarrassing - Gooch

England captain Eoin Morgan
Morgan's bowling changes at the end of Australia's innings gave England little chance of victory, says Gooch
Cricket World Cup Pool A: New Zealand v England
Venue: Wellington Regional Stadium Date: Friday, 20 February Time: 01:00 GMT
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Former batting coach and captain Graham Gooch says he was "gobsmacked" at the way England bowled during their 111-run World Cup defeat by Australia.

England allowed Australia to hit 105 runs off the final 10 overs, with Glenn Maxwell making 66 off just 40 balls.

Gooch told BBC Radio 5 live: "There's no disgrace in defeat, but the way they racked up runs was embarrassing."

England will seek to put things right in their second match against New Zealand on Friday (01:00 GMT).

Agnew concerned by England tactics

Gooch made 125 appearances for England in one-day cricket, scoring 4,290 runs at an average of 42.11, as well as accumulating 8,900 runs from his 118 Test matches for his country.

The 61-year-old helped England to the final of the 1987 and 1992 World Cups, as well as appearing at the 1979 tournament.

Meanwhile, former spinner Phil Tufnell described the closing stages of the heavy defeat as "schoolboy cricket" and said bowling coach David Saker and captain Eoin Morgan were under immense pressure.

"The bowling coach must have something to do with this and the captaincy must be called into question," he said.

"It's the inevitability of England's performances in 50-over cricket: you know how they're going to fail."

England captain Eoin Morgan departs for
Morgan is on a dismal run of form, with four ducks in his last five innings

Gooch on Eoin Morgan

Morgan was brought in as captain after England decided to jettison Alastair Cook shortly before the tournament but the 28-year-old has struggled badly - his duck on Saturday in Melbourne was the fourth in his last five innings.

"He's in a bad run but he's a match-winning player and England desperately need him to be leading the way," said Gooch.

"Morgan's a bit vulnerable outside off-stump but he should retain his attacking instincts - that where his skills lie."

Tufnell on England's selection issues

England made the late decision to bring batsman Gary Ballance into the side and Tufnell said it was indicative of a set-up which was still experimenting - even during the tournament.

Tufnell said: "It doesn't matter what planning and analysis goes into it - they still don't know what their best side is and how they're going to go about playing."

Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell
England had no answer to the late onslaught of Glenn Maxwell at the weekend

Gooch on England's 'death bowling'

England's bowlers came in for particular criticism after the defeat, something Gooch said was fully deserved.

"I don't think the criticism is over the top because we weren't competitive," added Gooch.

"You have to have a full armoury of deliveries for the last few overs. It's all about variation - and what you saw from England was a concentrated attack of similar deliveries.

"Our side is full of talented cricketers but it's delivering that talent under pressure."


England (from): Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wkt), Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.

New Zealand (from): Brendon McCullum (capt), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Tim Southee, Luke Ronchi (wkt), Ross Taylor.

Umpires: Rod Tucker (Aus) and Paul Reiffel (Aus)

TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (Aus)

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)

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