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England World Cup campaign shambolic and feeble - papers

April 18, 2007 13:11 IST

England's World Cup performance was branded shambolic and feeble by the country's press after a crushing nine-wicket defeat by South Africa knocked them out of the tournament on Tuesday.

Coach Duncan Fletcher's days in the job are numbered, papers said, after his side struggled throughout their stay in the Caribbean, with Bangladesh the only test team they beat.

"If pride does not make him fall on his sword after a 5-0 Ashes whitewash and a miserable World Cup, he should be sacked by the ECB," wrote The Sun, on a page taken up largely by the headlines "Sunken Duncan" and "World Cup shambles".

The Times wrote that Michael Vaughan's career as one-day captain was likely to go the same way as Fletcher's after England's "feeble performance".

"The truth was simply confirmed: that their World Cup hopes have never been realistic," the newspaper wrote in its Wednesday edition. "England looked dazed, defenceless and defeated."

Vaughan said after Tuesday's match that England had deserved to be booed off and that the team had to hold up their hands and accept all the criticism that came their way.

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