Former skipper Michael Vaughan has said that England should be taking more risks in order to win the World Cup.

Vaughan, who captained England in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, thinks the side who perform best with the ball will lift the trophy in Mumbai on 2 April.

England have impressed with the bat so far in this tournament, racking up scores of 296, 338 and 327.

England’s bowlers have been poor though and were sensationally slayed by Ireland in their third group match thanks to Kevin O’Brien’s magnificent 50-ball century.Vaughan accepts England need to show a vast improvement with the ball and in the field to reach the quarter final stage, but still backed them to rediscover their form.

He said: “They’ve not bowled well and they’ll know that. They can also probably field a lot better and squeeze 25 more runs out of the opposition, maybe more.

“There’s a big improvement in the field that can happen but England have set huge levels in the last year or so and they’ll know that to progress in this World Cup they’ll have to reach them again.