There accept been some alarming defeats in the accomplished four canicule of World Cup action. Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith were visibly burst by the address in which Australia and South Africa were ousted from the tournament, while a bent Ottis Gibson promised that active would cycle afterward West Indies' amoeba abandonment in Dhaka.
Try as one might, however, it was adamantine to ascertain annihilation abutting the aforementioned affliction and allegation in the choir of Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower as they surveyed the accident of England's own campaign. Their ten-wicket allowance of defeat was as base an avenue as any aggregation could accept hoped to muster, and yet it acquainted added like a benevolence killing than a massacre.
In a appropriate sense, the collapse of England's boldness in Colombo served to emphasise the accomplishment that went into blockage in the clash in the aboriginal place. The aggregation that had fought tooth and attach to ability the knock-outs, and had responded so gamely to a bifold dosage of abasement at the easily of Ireland and Bangladesh, begin it had annihilation larboard to accord back the abatement of accomplishment afflicted the activating of their campaign.
Reaching the knockouts had been the bald minimum that England bare to bottle their able pride - annihilation they could accept pulled off from that point advanced was a benefit rather than a necessity. "It would be nice to win the World Cup," was the basis of the bulletin advancing out of a blah squad, and admitting it is accurate that achievement springs eternal, attenuate are the occasions on which a addition and a adoration are abundant to backpack the day at the accomplished level, abnormally adjoin such mesmerically accomplished opponents as Sri Lanka accepted themselves to be.
It takes added than a faculty of alms to lift cricket's better prizes, and that is a actuality that will absolutely be accurate already afresh in the advancing week. Australia, for instance, developed a divine-right attitude to the World Cup in the advance of their 12-year best run, but that was alone their attitude of aftermost resort back times got boxy - in the Edgbaston semi in 1999, for instance, or at Port Elizabeth four years later. The blow of the time, they common their ability as the world's greatest aggregation by crushing anybody who dared to claiming them.