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Cricket World Cup: England beaten by Bangladesh, Eoin Morgan defends

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Bangladesh bowler Taskin Ahmed, left, celebrates after dismissing England's Jos Buttler, right, during their Cricket World Cup Pool A match in Adelaide, Australia.

Bangladesh bowler Taskin Ahmed, left, celebrates after dismissing England's Jos Buttler, right, during their Cricket World Cup Pool A match in Adelaide, Australia.

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Bangladesh bowler Taskin Ahmed, left, celebrates after dismissing England's Jos Buttler, right, during their Cricket World Cup Pool A match in Adelaide, Australia.

World Cup Pool A, Adelaide: Bangladesh 275-7 (50 overs): Mahmudullah 103, Mushfiqur 89, England 260 (48.3 overs): Buttler 65, Bell 63; Rubel 4-53

England's calamitous World Cup campaign suffered its final indignity as a 15-run defeat to Bangladesh sent them crashing out of the tournament amid controversy in Adelaide.

Eoin Morgan's men were consigned to a group-stage exit, alongside the likes of the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan, after failing to chase down 275 for seven.

It was an achievable target just large enough to tease the nerves out of a chastened England team as they were bowled out for 260 in 48.3 overs.

England had some reason to feel aggrieved, however, after Chris Jordan was contentiously adjudged run out by third umpire Simon Fry after Jos Buttler had kick-started a rousing comeback with 65 from 52 balls.

England captain Eoin Morgan defended England's selection and tactics as they crashed out of the World Cup following a 15-run defeat to Bangladesh.

England's disastrous campaign has seen them lose all four of their games against Test-playing nations with a win over Scotland scant consolation and a dead rubber against Afghanistan to come.

It has long been levelled at England that an old-fashioned brand of cricket is holding them back in limited-over games but Morgan insisted the humiliating exit was down to performances and not approach.

"We've picked guys who can play a brand of cricket that if we performed we could win this World Cup but ultimately we haven't performed," he told Sky Sports.

"It's pretty poor, obviously to be knocked out of a World Cup this early is unbelievably disappointing.

"I'm gutted at the moment. We've struggled and fought away since we arrived here.

"One of our big things was to fight quite hard and to try and get through to the quarter-finals and then from there fight our way through the last three games but obviously that's not meant to be."

He added: "It ultimately comes down to performance and today was an example of where some of our guys performed but we didn't perform as a unit and we've done it for quite a while now.

"Since we've landed in Australia we've tried to address that problem but it hasn't worked.

"Our expectations are a lot higher than the way we've performed so that's extremely disappointing. There'll be an inquest over the next few weeks as to what happened and what went wrong and then we'll go from there."

Belfast Telegraph