Michael Vaughan SLAMS Jos Buttler’s England side after shock defeat by Ireland


‘England haven’t been good enough today… no excuses at all!’: Michael Vaughan slams Jos Buttler’s side after shock defeat by Ireland… with fans hitting out at the team for their ‘truly embarrassing loss’ at the T20 World Cup

  • England lost to Ireland by five runs at the T20 World Cup on Wednesday
  • England’s innings was cut short by rain, and they were behind the DLS par score
  • The shock defeat leaves their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread
  • Michael Vaughan has slammed England for their performance at the MCG
  • Fans have also laid into the side, calling their loss ‘truly embarrassing’ 

Fans have been left stunned after Ireland pulled off a shock five-run victory against England at the T20 World Cup on Wednesday.

In a rain-affected match, Ireland batted first and posted 157 before they were bowled out in the final over. Captain Andrew Balbirnie top-scored for Ireland, hitting 62 off 47 balls, while Mark Wood and Liam Livingstone both took three wickets for England.

At the halfway stage it seemed like a very gettable target for Jos Buttler’s side, but Ireland caused all kinds of problems with the new ball, as both openers and Ben Stokes fell in the powerplay. England looked to battle back through Dawid Malan and Harry Brook, before some late lusty blows from Moeen Ali, but when the rain came pouring down at the MCG, England were five runs short of the DLS par score. 

Ireland produced a brilliant performance to stun England at the MCG on Wednesday

The shock result leaves England's World Cup hopes hanging by a thread

The shock result leaves England’s World Cup hopes hanging by a thread

Michael Vaughan admitted England weren't good enough and could have 'no excuses'

Michael Vaughan admitted England weren’t good enough and could have ‘no excuses’

He also praised Ireland for backing up their win against West Indies earlier in the tournament

He also praised Ireland for backing up their win against West Indies earlier in the tournament

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan admitted on Twitter that England had simply been second-best on the day.

‘England haven’t been good enough today .. No excuses at all .. Ireland far superior with the Ball,’ he wrote.

Ireland also beat West Indies in the group stage to make it to the Super 12s, a fact Vaughan pointed out in a separate tweet.

‘Ireland have now hammered the West Indies & now beaten England .. Thoroughly deserved,’ he added.

Andrew Balbirnie picked up the player of the match award after scoring 62 runs for Ireland

Andrew Balbirnie picked up the player of the match award after scoring 62 runs for Ireland

Ben Stokes was dismissed cheaply as his struggles with the bat continued

Ben Stokes was dismissed cheaply as his struggles with the bat continued

England have failed to beat a European team at the T20 World Cup, losing three times

England have failed to beat a European team at the T20 World Cup, losing three times

One supporter felt England's performance against Ireland was 'shocking'

One supporter felt England’s performance against Ireland was ‘shocking’

The defeat is a major setback for England and their hopes of making the semi-finals in Australia. However, the loss arguably shouldn’t have been completely unexpected given their horrendous record against European teams in T20 tournaments.  

‘England are yet to win against a European team in men’s T20Is. Netherlands beat ENG, 2009. Netherlands beat ENG, 2014. Ireland beat ENG, 2022,’ one fan wrote on social media.

England won their first match of the tournament against Afghanistan on Saturday, but struggled with the bat as they scraped across the line in the penultimate over chasing a modest total. 

One fan reacted to their defeat by stating: ‘England’s #T20WC2022 campaign so far: Bowling good, batting awful.’

Dawid Malan was unable to find any fluency before he fell for 35 off 37 balls

Dawid Malan was unable to find any fluency before he fell for 35 off 37 balls

One fan pointed out that England's batting has let them down in both matches so far

One fan pointed out that England’s batting has let them down in both matches so far

Another claimed England got their tactics wrong as they tried to chase down Ireland's total

Another claimed England got their tactics wrong as they tried to chase down Ireland’s total

Another supporter was equally unimpressed, writing: ‘England are shocking what on earth was that?’

Rain was always forecast in Melbourne on Wednesday, opening up the possibility of a shortened game.

One fan believes England got their tactics horribly wrong by playing too conservatively and leaving themselves too much to do when the rain arrived.

‘This really is horrendous from England! Knew it was going to rain and 15 behind the rate but Malan/Brook were still dobbing about for 0s and 1s! Tactically abysmal and a truly embarrassing loss!’ they wrote.

It now looks likely that England will have to win all three of their remaining group games to stand any chance of making the final four, starting with a grudge match against Australia on Friday. 

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