The Guardian – 4.23am EDT
At the risk of sound parochial, you’ve got to love Eoin Morgan’s brave, young England side.
- 4.23am EDT04:23PreambleAt the risk of sound parochial, you’ve got to love Eoin Morgan’s brave, young England side.
- In deliberately losing to Sri Lanka, they have, in one fell swoop, revitalised their home World Cup.
- If they beat Afghanistan today, then India and Pakistan as well, they are through – provided Sri Lanka lose to South Africa, West Indies and India, and England only beat one of Australia, India and New Zealand.
- They have plenty of batting, canny bowling, and in Shakib al Hasan have an absolute star.
- Afghanistan, meanwhile, are 0 and 6, but just the other day gave India an almighty fright.