Michael vaughan has said that he is favouring Sri Lanka for the next ODI series. The last time these two met was admittedly in Sri Lankan conditions but a ten-wicket defeat in any circumstances represents a huge gulf in quality.

England were ok at the last World Cup with inspired performances against both South Africa and India in particular but the brand of cricket they played simply wasn’t in the same league as that of Tuesday’s opponents or eventual winners India. I’d stick some free bets on England.

The surprise for me is that there doesn’t seem to be a definite plan to change the way the team plays. It’s almost as if they’ve decided that there was nothing wrong with the approach at the last World Cup and that, if they carry on doing the same thing again, they’ll somehow come good eventually.