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England captain Morgan clueless about team's future after World Cup exit

England captain Eoin Morgan was 'gutted' after his team's premature exit from the World Cup on Monday and confessed he was clueless about what the future holds for the team.

WorldCup2015 Updated: Mar 09, 2015 20:42 IST
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England captain Eoin Morgan was "gutted" after his team's premature exit from the World Cup on Monday and confessed he was clueless about what the future holds for the team.

England's woeful form on 50-over cricket's biggest stage appeared intertwined with the miserable form of their captain who fell for his fifth duck in 11 innings against Bangladesh on Monday.

England handed the one-day captaincy to Morgan in December in place of Alastair Cook and England's only World Cup win came against Scotland while they lost to hosts Australia and New Zealand and former champions Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh paceman Rubel Hossain (R) celebrates the final wicket of England's James Anderson. AFP PHOTO

Asked what went wrong, the solemn-looking 28-year-old struggled to offer any explanation.

"I can't at the moment," he said at the presentation ceremony after his team's 15-run defeat.

"I'm gutted at the moment. We struggled and fought our way since we arrived here.

"With short boundaries and the way the wicket played, it was certainly well within our reach," he said.

Banglandesh paceman Rubel Hossain (centre R) celebrates with teammates after dismissing England's batsman Eoin Morgan . AFP PHOTO

"Our expectations are a lot higher than we performed, so that's extremely disappointing, to be knocked out this early," said Morgan.

Asked where does the team go from here, Morgan said: "To be honest, I have no idea what happens from here. I'm still surprised that we are knocked out so early."

He insisted there was no problem with squad composition.

England's Moeen Ali (L) and captain Eoin Morgan walk onto the field to congratulate Bangladesh on their win.REUTERS

"We picked guys who can play a brand of cricket that, if we perform, we could win this World Cup. Again ultimately we have not performed."

His counterpart Mashrafe Mortaza was naturally ecstatic.

"We're proud. The wicket was pretty good, we had to bowl well. Our start was not that good but in the middle we bowled really well and put the pressure back on England," he said.

Asked if he was tense when Tamim Iqbal dropped Chris Woakes in the 48th over which could have cost them the match, Mortaza said: "Tamim felt really bad, he is our best fielder. It happens in cricket. End of the day, we ended up being on the winning side and we are happy."

Bangladesh erupts in joy

Cricket-mad Bangladesh erupted in joyous celebration.

Impromptu victory processions broke out across the country, with some of the loudest celebrations taking place at Dhaka University where around 5,000 people had been watching the match in Adelaide on a big screen.

The crowds started dancing and chanting "Bangladesh, Bangladesh" as Rubel Hossain clean-bowled last man James Anderson to guide the Tigers to their first ever place in the quarter-finals in a 15-run victory.

The Tigers have been international cricket's whipping boys for much of the last two decades and few experts expected them to get out of a group that included joint hosts New Zealand and Australia, as well as Sri Lanka.

"I can't believe that we've pulled it off. We've finally shaken off the tag of minnows. Two more victories and we'll be in the final!" said Rashid Ahmed, a 22-year-old student.

Fellow student Tamir Islam, who is a keen cricketer, said: "I am sure no petrol bombs or molotov cocktails will go off today. We're united in cherishing the biggest triumph in our sports history."

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a cricket buff herself, sent a message of congratulations to the team just moments after the victory in Australia while the sports minister announced bonuses for each player.

The country's opposition leader Khaleda Zia, who has been confined to her office in Dhaka for the last two months as part of a long-running chapter of political unrest, also congratulated the team.

Former national team captain Akram Khan, who skippered Bangladesh in the Tigers' first World Cup appearance in 1999, rated the victory over England as one of the team's finest moments.

"Let's be clear, we were stronger than England in every department. It's one of the most historic occasions in our cricket history," Khan, who led Bangladesh to a controversial win over Pakistan in 1999, told AFP.

Local television channels broadcast footage of young men honking the horns of their bikes and cars in Dhaka and the port city of Chittagong. There were similar scenes in the cities of Khulna, Rajshahi and Mymensingh, the hometown of man-of-the-match Mohammad Mahmudullah.

REUTERS and AFP inputs

First Published: Mar 09, 2015 19:28 IST