PLAYER RATINGS: Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes struggle as England suffer shock loss against Ireland


England suffered a World Cup humiliation as they lost to Ireland in a rain-affected Super 12 game in Melbourne.

Jos Buttler’s side were five runs behind the DLS par score when the heavens opened having struggled in their pursuit of a target of 158.

It leaves them needing to beat hosts Australia in their next game on Friday to stand a chance of finishing in the top two and reaching the semi-finals.

Sportsmail rates the England players’ performances after an embarrassing defeat.

Jos Buttler watches the rain pour down as England fell short in their run chase on Wednesday

JOS BUTTLER

By his own admission, his team were completely outplayed in all facets of the game here. Buttler did what appeared to be the sensible thing and chase after winning the toss, given England’s strength in reaching targets. 158 was very gettable but Buttler was dismissed second ball of the innings for a duck and that set the tone. 

England face a challenge now to get out of this group having won just one of their two ‘bankers’ against Afghanistan and Ireland. 3/10

Buttler's dismissal in the first over of the run chase set the tone for England's innings

Buttler’s dismissal in the first over of the run chase set the tone for England’s innings

ALEX HALES

Slapdash when it was clear the surface was providing Ireland’s bowlers – and especially Josh Little – plenty of movement and extra bounce early on. 

He was fortunate to survive a chance just before he was dismissed having tried the big heave off the dangerous Little, only to sky the ball into the hands of Mark Adair. 4/10

DAWID MALAN

The only batsman of any substance but even he struggled to find any fluidity, labouring his way to 35 off 37 balls, of which only eight came from boundaries. The credit must lie with the skilful Irish bowlers, however, who used the pitch to cause Malan all manner of problems. 

Having failed to break free of the shackles, there was an inevitability about his dismissal – skying Fionn Hand for Barry McCarthy to catch in the deep. 6/10

BEN STOKES

Was tight enough with his bowling and wrapped up the innings by removing Josh Little. However, he was totally done by the swing as Fionn Hand bowled him, a moment the Irish bowler, on his first World Cup appearance, will treasure even if he achieves nothing else in the game. 

Stokes didn’t read the late movement and was gone, leaving his side 29 for three and deep in trouble. After he made just two against Afghanistan, these are worrying moments for England’s talisman. 4/10

Ben Stokes was clean bowled for the second time in as many games and is struggling for form

Ben Stokes was clean bowled for the second time in as many games and is struggling for form

HARRY BROOK

Seemed to be at the crease a very long time for just 18 runs… Wasn’t able to break England out of their malaise at a crucial juncture in the innings though he did try his best to get the bowlers away. 

Seemed like a merciful release when he was caught in the deep by Delany off the bowling of George Dockrell, pretty much straight after two drops in quick succession. 5/10

MOEEN ALI

Ended up unbeaten on 24 as the heavens opened again and in the end was just a couple of big hits away from swinging the contest in England’s favour under the DLS calculations. 

With three 4s and a six, Moeen was the only England batsman to find any kind of rhythm but his efforts came too little, too late to save the result. 7/10

Moeen Ali hit several boundaries late on but it wasn't enough to get England over the line

Moeen Ali hit several boundaries late on but it wasn’t enough to get England over the line

LIAM LIVINGSTONE

We’ll never know if Livingstone would have steered England to victory. He did well with the ball, picking up the crucial wicket of Andrew Balbirnie, who looked set to steer Ireland to a very good total, and then Dockrell with consecutive balls as we entered the final five overs. 

Later took Mark Adair’s wicket as well to complete a good bowling display that will keep his confidence up after his decisive batting against Afghanistan. 7/10

Liam Livingstone was one of England's brighter players, taking three wickets in his three overs

Liam Livingstone was one of England’s brighter players, taking three wickets in his three overs

SAM CURRAN

England’s end-of-innings clincher did what he does best by taking the wickets of tail-enders McCarthy and Hand but he’d been too expensive before that. 

His first over earlier in the innings went for 14, including a half-volley that was dispatched for six by Tucker. Balbirnie gave a shorter ball similarly disdainful treatment later on. After his five-wicket haul in England’s first game it’s hard to be too critical though. 5/10

CHRIS WOAKES

Ragged is the best way to sum up his bowling performance on a real night to forget. Went for 41 runs off just three overs, including six 4s and a six. Seemed to be having a nightmare with his length and direction, allowing Ireland’s batsmen, and especially Balbirnie, to get stuck in to him. 

When Buttler spoke of Ireland getting 20-30 runs more than they should have done, Woakes was culpable. He has so much tournament experience, so it was a surprise to see him flogged around like this. 3/10

Chris Woakes conceded 41 runs off his three overs as Ireland got off to a flying start

Chris Woakes conceded 41 runs off his three overs as Ireland got off to a flying start

MARK WOOD

Ended up with three wickets to put the brakes on Ireland’s innings but readily admitted he didn’t bowl very well on a wet surface. Despite his express pace, he was certainly hittable and went for five boundaries in the 34 runs he conceded in four overs. 

Did, however, claim the important wickets of Paul Stirling, Harry Tector and Curtis Campher as England checked Ireland’s great start. 5/10

ADIL RASHID

Not amongst the wickets but pretty economical at a time when England urgently needed to stem the bleeding of runs. 

Rashid knows his job is to tie down an end in the middle overs and he did that well, conceding just the one boundary when Ireland threatened to run away to a score of 170+. 6/10



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