October 2018: A period England Cricket will remember to forget

There are records that anyone involved in a sport- or any sport, really- wants to forget fast, if at all they cannot have them shredded and flushed down the drain. One such record is the One Day Internationals (ODI) defeat suffered by England at the hands of Sri Lanka in October 2018.

Everyone from the England camp will want to quickly forget the 219 run thrashing. They will probably also want to forget the city of Colombo and delete the memory from everyone’s minds. Except the Sri Lankans- and, more importantly, the internet- won’t let that happen.

England fielded a much-weakened side on the fifth day of the ODI’s which made a lot of sense as they had already won the series. But no one will want to be associated with the huge blot that comes with the ugly record.

Signs of regret can be had from the reactions that emanated from different quarters within the group. Captain Eoin Morgan, who took a rest and did not participate in the drubbing, was on the defensive as he said the defeat was no setback to the team at all. He said that it was a chance for other players to get a run, but it was clear to all that was not the run anyone had expected. Seriously, it is difficult to justify winning the title and recording the worst defeat in one series.

England gaffer Trevor Bayliss was less defensive, admitting that their attitude in all departments was nowhere close to acceptable. The coach said that the defeat has showed that there still is a lot of work to be done as the team prepares for the World Cup.

In their own defence, the players who were ‘given a run’ could point to the huge storm that underlined the match, but still, the record defeat tag will stick.