Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan believes a poor World Cup on home soil could lead to turmoil for English cricket going forward.
Following on from England’s 64 run defeat to Australia, England face the very real prospect of crashing out of a home World Cup in the group stage, despite entering the tournament as favourites.
Vaughan’s most famous moment came when he captained England to Ashes glory in 2005 – a series that captured the public’s imagination.
Never afraid to speak his mind, however, Vaughan spoke frankly about the impact an early exit at the World Cup could have on English cricket in the future.
“You’ve got to be able to adapt.” Vaughan told BBC Radio 5 Live. “Unless they can adapt quickly over the course of the next few days, this is looking like turmoil for England in terms of what they’re delivering, not just for this year in the World Cup.
“This was all about English cricket, winning the World Cup to give them this big opportunity to grow the game next year. There’s the Hundred tournament arriving, the Ashes that follow.
“From what I’ve seen already, we’ve had some bad World Cups and I’ve been involved in a couple of atrocious World Cups. If they’re not careful, this could turn out to be top of the tree.”
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The BBC will screen highlights at the end of each day’s play of England’s Test series with the West Indies.
England batsman Zak Crawley has backed “big leader” Ben Stokes to be a successful captain in their Test match against the West Indies.
Former England batsman Ian Bell has said the prospect of retirement is not on his mind after extending his contract at Warwickshire.
Vaughan was hampered by a knee injury.
England’s top four will likely have just 39 caps between them.
Dan Lawrence has emerged as a contender.
Captain Joe Root is absent due to the impending birth of his second child.
The game between Team Stokes and Team Buttler ended in a draw.
The sport can now return, subject to a series of as-yet unpublished guidelines.
England face the West Indies in a three-Test series behind closed doors.