England crashed out of the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Colombo, failing to overcome a Sri Lankan side who earned a place in the semi finals with a comfortable 10 wicket victory.
It was the end of a stuttering campaign for Andrew Strauss’s side, and after their overall showing they could have no complaints.
Strauss made no excuses after the game, admitting “Over the course of the tournament our cricket hasn’t been good enough”
England finished their innings at bat with 229-6, but it was not enough as Sri Lanka’s Tillekeratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga opened with centuries. The game ended with the co-hosts having 53 balls to spare, and they will have gained much confidence for their clash with New Zealand on Tuesday.
England, meanwhile, will have plenty of soul-searching to do at the end of another underwhelming campaign, but the admirable manner in which they accepted defeat suggests that the process may be cathartic.