England World Cup campaign now ended after not acquiring triumph over Sri Lanka in their quarter-final in Colombo. On the bid day, England did not put enough runs to defend nor they ruined the opening partnership between Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga, Andrew Strauss had no qualms in admitting that.
England skipper Andrew Strauss said, "We are not good enough in the one-days in either Australia or World Cup, I think we did not have enough quality to go on and win the contest, this is a brutal reality. I can't blame the energy and commitment that guys showed during the competition; they attempted their hardest but not demonstrated to play by a very good side".
Strauss said the team did not do the rudiments required to succeed in big events. He said, "If you look at sides that have done well in this contest, they have got a lot of variety in their bowling attack. We have not acquired as much variety as them. They have got batsmen that have consistently made hundreds. Again we haven't done that good enough. These are the bleak facts in front of us".
On a venue that is statistically and historically a much better for batting first, England were assaulted by a top bowling attack. When they had rebuilt, they were pushed back further. Strauss said, "We were comprehensively outplayed, we thought it was a good toss to win, we knew it was a pretty flat wicket, and most likely 260-270 was more like the par score. Lost a couple of wickets, had to reconstruct, but then were not able to go through the gears in the last few over. You have to give praise to the Sri Lankan bowlers; there is a lot of variety there. We did not score many boundaries. We knew our batting recital was under-par, and unfortunately Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga played exceptionally well. We lost to a better side."