So that’s it, England go out. Yet again they fail to win the World Cup. The defeat by Sri Lanka was comprehensive, by ten wickets and with another ten overs and three balls left. The Sri Lankan openers looked comfortable throughout, in stark contrast to England’s batsmen, and, while England were unlucky not to take at least one wicket with the amount of half-chances they had, in the end Sri Lanka probably could have chased a total of 300+. At times, both while batting and bowling, England looked worn out, which is no surprise after the long Ashes tour and the one-day series that followed. On top of that, England had no straightforward group games, each one went down to the last few overs, while all the other quarter-finalists enjoyed at least one big win. Clearly both England and Australia think having the Ashes and the World Cup in the same year is a mistake, because it is being moved so that won’t happen again, and also to avoid clashing with the 2012 Olympics among other things. There are other things which contributed to their poor performance in this game and in the earlier matches, but it’s hard to look past tiredness as being the number one reason overall. Is a shame, after all the close games England had in the group stage, that they’ve gone out in one of the most one-sided games of the tournament so far. So many times previously they’ve looked beaten only to turn the match around in the closing moments, but not here. Their luck simply ran out.