England could be dumped out of World Cup today

9:21 am on 9 March 2015

England's future in the Cricket World Cup will be decided today when they take on Bangladesh in Adelaide.

England's captain Eoin Morgan walks from the field after being caught by New Zealand's Trent Boult.

England captain Eoin Morgan after losing his wicket in the heavy loss to New Zealand. Photo: AFP

A loss will mean England won't be able to qualify for the quarter-finals.

England have been beaten heavily by Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, with their only victory of the tournament coming against minnows Scotland.

Even if England win their final two games - they face Afghanistan in Sydney on Friday - they will exit if Bangladesh overcome Pool A winners New Zealand earlier that day.

Despite clearing their schedule to play nothing but one-day cricket in the five months before the World Cup, England are once again experiencing a familiar struggle.

England have not won a World Cup knockout match since the tournament was last held in Australia and New Zealand in 1992, and they failed to progress past the first round in 1999 and 2003.

The former spinner Graeme Swann says England will shut up a few doubters if they beat Bangladesh convincingly.

Swann says this is their chance to really put their foot on the opposition and stamp all over them.

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