Defending champions England are feeling the heat of a lacklustre World Cup campaign but assistant coach Marcus Trescothick insists they haven’t “lost faith” in the under-pressure 50-over format.
England face unbeaten hosts India in Lucknow on Sunday, coming into the contest with four defeats from five matches to languish ninth in the 10-team table and with their hopes of making the semi-finals almost over.
“We’re all feeling the heat. But what can you do? We prepared the same, we’ve done things very similar to what you’d expect,” Trescothick told reporters.
“Every practice we go through we’re coming out the other side thinking we’re in a good place and feeling quite right. It’s just not quite worked then when we go into the games.”
Critics have targeted England’s approach to the 50-over format after they won the crown in 2019.
They played just 13 ODIs in the build-up to their title defence.
“Forgive me, I don’t want to be blunt here, but we haven’t lost faith in what it is,” said Trescothick.
“We love playing any form of cricket, any form of the game that we play. And we were desperate to come here and try and win back-to-back 50 over competitions. So, we’re still very much focused on all formats.
“I think nowadays the cricket structure is so busy, right? It’s really busy. You’ve got to plan in Test matches, T20s, 50s. And we’re always trying to get the balance right – sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t.”
Trescothick, a former left-hand batsman who played 76 Tests and 123 ODIs for England between 2000 and 2006, said the team is looking forward to playing India and make the occasion their own.
“I think playing against India in a World Cup in their own country is a special part of the game, you get these opportunities that come around – you know there’ll be a big crowd, there’ll be a wonderful occasion,” he said.
“We’re looking forward to that chance. I think there’s nothing more that we can offer apart from going out and playing that performance. And then hopefully you come out on top at the end of it. So, really excited for it.”
England’s latest loss was to Sri Lanka by eight wickets in a match their batting folded for 156 to leave their semi-final hopes in tatters.
Trescothick said for now it’s about getting their act together than pursuing a place in the final-four.
“I think we’re more focused on getting our performance right, getting the better levels of performance than what we’ve shown in the last few weeks,” he said.
“So, that sits over there and it will just look after itself. If it happens, it happens. We know it will be very challenging. Mathematically, it’s still possible. But, it’s very tough.”
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