LONDON: After back-to-back losses, England are suddenly in a dogfight to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals and critics are circling.
It’s prompted a stinging rebuke from opening batsman Jonny Bairstow, claiming the criticism is ‘a typical English thing to do’.
“People were waiting for us to fail. They are not willing us on to win, in many ways, they are waiting for you to get that loss, so they can jump on your throat,” Bairstow said.
“Because we’ve done so well, any opportunity for someone to see we’ve lost two games, they were always going to jump on it.
“It’s a typical English thing to do, in every sport.
“Look how successful Eddie Jones was, then all of a sudden a training camp is wrong and it’s his fault. The same with Stuart Lancaster.”
England came into the World Cup as tournament favourites, having taken all before them in the lead up with a batting line up regularly posting scores in excess of 350.
But the last two losses against Sri Lanka and Australia have been typified by the same batting line up struggling to adapt to conditions in run chases, falling well short of targets of 233 and 286.
Nevertheless, Bairstow claims England have to stick to the course, with departing from their swashbuckling style having the potential to cause more damage.
“We’ve obviously messed a couple of games up, but our method doesn’t change.
“None of the pitches throughout the whole tournament have been as true as they have been previously; I have no idea why,” Bairstow said.