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England can still win the World Cup, but does English cricket deserve to? | Barney Ronay

The 50-over game, and the game in general, is fast disappearing in England which would make finally becoming world champions in the format a little peculiar

‘Deserve’s got nothing to do with it.’

Jonny Bairstow knows what the problem is. Two days after the invertebrate batting collapse against Australia, six days after the invertebrate batting collapse against Sri Lanka, Bairstow spoke out this week. Some English people – journalists presumably; self-motivating strawmen definitely – don’t want England to win the ICC World Cup. This apparently is the problem.

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