SHEFFIELD’S Michael Vaughan has cast big doubts over England’s World Cup chances following their humiliating defeat by Ireland yesterday.
The former England captain has questioned the team’s ability to win the competition in the wake of the three-wicket defeat which left Andrew Strauss and his squad shellshocked.
Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien, 113, smashed the fastest hundred in World Cup history to have the Irish everywhere dancing in delight, sparking great scenes amongst the Ireland squad in Bangalore.
“England aren’t out of the World Cup yet but they’ve no chance of winning it unless they bowl and field better than they did yesterday,” said former Yorkshire star Vaughan, who led England to Ashes glory in 2005.
England were utterly embarrassed as they failed to defend 327-8, a total that should have been a deal higher because they only scored 15 runs from the final four overs.
Vaughan added: “I think we all expected 200 all out from Ireland but O’Brien played remarkably well.
“The statistics say it all (113 from 63 balls and his 100 from 50 balls to eclipse Matthew Hayden’s record) - he smashed England out of the ground. We may have become a bit complacent.”