England out of Cricket World Cup: The rest of the world have left us behind, says Tim Bresnan

Bresnan’s Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie has been tipped as a future England coach

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Tim Bresnan believes England have been “left behind” in one-day cricket after their embarrassing World Cup exit.

The fast bowler has played 84 ODIs but has not featured since Peter Moores returned as head coach.

“It’s a shocker. It’s difficult to justify not getting through to the quarter-finals,” he said in the wake of the humiliating defeat by Bangladesh.

“As groups go, you would expect to qualify from this one, but the game has moved on. The rest of the world have sprinted ahead and we’ve been left behind a little bit.

“England are a strong side on paper but they’re struggling to put in performances.

“We’re lacking a few match-winning efforts from the senior players and it’s a difficult time for the side.”

Bresnan’s Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie has been tipped as a future England coach. With Moores certain to come under fierce scrutiny, the Australian can expect plenty more speculation but was unequivocal in ruling out a move in the short term.

“It’s nice to be thought of in that way,” Gillespie said, “but I’ll tell you right now, I’m committed to Yorkshire and looking forward to the county season.”

Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes that for all the talk of tactics and coaching, England’s players must take responsibility for the failures of the team.

“It’s gone wrong right from the start – for years in fact,” Hussain said. “There have been some mistakes made in this tournament but every time we have the same thing.

“David Lloyd, Ashley Giles, Duncan Fletcher – the moment we’re knocked out, the coach goes. The players need to take responsibility.

“When I was knocked out of a World Cup, I didn’t walk out and think the coach cost us the World Cup. No way, we cost ourselves. That’s what the players have got to do today.”

Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott disagreed, insisting both Moores and England and the Wales Cricket Board managing director, Paul Downton, should consider their positions. “Moores has never been my choice to coach England,” Boycott said. “It is not impossible, but I believe it is very difficult for someone who has never played cricket to the highest level to manage an international team.

“Moores depends too much on facts and figures and data analysis. He is too consumed by the opposition because he has no experience to fall back on in international cricket.”

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