Sunken Duncan’ should walk the plank, British press say

LONDON, April 18, 2007 (AFP) – England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher should be sacked after England were dominated by South Africa in Bridgetown, Barbados, ending their hopes of making it to the World Cup semi-finals, much of the British press said on Wednesday. South Africa dismissed England for a paltry 154 before racing to the target with more than 30 overs to spare in what was a must-win Super Eights match for both teams.

The Sun tabloid, Britain’s best-read daily, headlined its back page story on the defeat “Worst Indies” and said “Sunken Duncan” Fletcher’s “bubble was puncturing and shredding all around him yesterday (Tuesday) as England suffered World Cup oblivion.”

“It was another pathetic batting performance by an England team who have been far and away the most anaemic of the tournament.”

According to The Times, the “precise figures have changed from match to match, but the theme of capitulation has remained all too constant.”

England’s “batsmen never tried to impose themselves on an attack maintaining stereotypical discipline,” the paper said.

For the Daily Mirror, meanwhile, England were the “Prats of the Caribbean,” a reference to the blockbuster film, and the country’s “cricketers will return in shame at the weekend af