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Jonny Bairstow blasts critics ‘waiting for England to fail’ at Cricket World Cup

• ‘It’s a typical English thing to do, in every sport,’ says opener
• Pietersen and Vaughan led criticism after Australia defeat

Jonny Bairstow has accused England’s critics of wanting the team to fail as they approach Sunday’s must-win World Cup match against India at Edgbaston, saying: “It’s a typical English thing to do, in every sport.”

The opener was responding to comments made by the former England captains Kevin Pietersen and Michael Vaughan after Tuesday’s 64-run defeat by Australia at Lord’s, which leaves the pre-tournament favourites needing to win their final two group matches, the second of which is against New Zealand, to guarantee qualification for the semi-finals. Anything less and Eoin Morgan’s team will need other results to go their way.

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