Eoin Morgan is calling for calm after England suffered another defeat against Australia but fans will be concerned as their World Cup chances are now hanging by a thread (England 5/2 to win the World Cup).

The England captain was happy to point out that their destiny remains in their own hands heading into the final two games of the group stage, when one or possibly two wins will be needed to make the semi-finals.

 

The fact those games are against India and New Zealand, two of the top teams in the tournament, makes the task much harder and England somehow need to rediscover the form that made them hot favourites.

They have been replaced by India and Australia, who are both 2/1, with New Zealand 11/2, and all three teams are in much better form than Morgan’s men.

Morgan admits England’s confidence is low following back-to-back defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia, which is a worry, but insists they can get it back with a win over India on Sunday.

“Everything we need to turn around is quite simple,” Morgan said. “The basics of the game let us down in the last couple of games. Hopefully we will improve on them moving forward.”

The teams just outside the top four – Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan – will now sense an opportunity to replace England in the semis.

Pakistan will get an immediate chance to pile the pressure on when they face New Zealand on Wednesday, while there is a huge match on Friday when Sri Lanka take on a South Africa side who have won just one and lost five (New Zealand 8/11, Pakistan 11/10 – Match Betting).

Odds subject to change.