Title defenders stunned in their first game

England’s defence of their Cricket World Cup title got off to a disastrous start with a nine-wicket thumping by New Zealand.

Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra quickly established a strong partnership and chased down England’s run score with a whopping 13.4 overs to spare.

They combined for a stunning 273-run partnership, with Conway getting 152 runs, and Ravindra getting 123 runs, which is the fourth highest in men’s World Cup history.

The Three Lions will now be looking to bounce back in their next game against Bangladesh.

Despite the abysmal performance from England, there are some positives they can take for their next game. Joe Root seems to have returned to form, and Ben Stokes may also be fit for the match against Bangladesh.

However, England shouldn’t be in a hurry to rush Stokes back if he is not 100%, as even without him they should be able to see off Bangladesh, as on paper the Three Lions are the superior team.