England captain Paul Collingwood has apologised to the British public for victory in yesterday’s World Twenty20 final against Australia.
Collingwood himself hit the winning runs with three overs to spare in the Caribbean to give England their first ever world cricket title, but said:
“I’d just like to apologise to all the supporters who came all this way, and to everyone watching at home. We really did everything we could to throw this game away, like we normally do, but in the end we were just too good for Australia.
“The point is that is wasn’t just our batsmen who were inexplicably good, but our bowlers too – and not just today, but throughout the entire tournament. And for that, I apologise.”
Craig Kievswetter and Kevin Pietersen were the most disappointed in the England dressing room after the final, having staged a second-wicket partnership of 111 to steer England to victory.
“I’m not sure how it happened,” said Pietersen. “We were both out there, slashing wildly at everything, not really talking to each other and taking outrageous risks as usual, but for some reason, it was just really, really difficult to get out today.”
To confound his misery, Pietersen was named man of the tournament after scoring 248 runs in total.
“Look, I’m as embarassed as anyone about this, alright?” was all he would say after sheepishly receiving the award.
England cricket expert Geoffrey Boycott said he thought the England team should be ashamed of their performance:
“There are hundreds of thousands of England cricket fans in this country who have been brought up with an expectation of disappointment when it comes to these tournaments,” he said.
“How do they expect them to feel now that they’ve actually gone and won something? I’m not sure, but uncertain, confused and a little bit angry should just about cover it.”
“I suppose that we’ve now just got to try and pick ourselves up after this unexpected and disapponting tournament success,” Collingwood concluded.
“All we can do is try our hardest to lose the majority of games remaining this year, which should put us in an excellent position to get thrashed in the Ashes this winter.”