Sydney: Former Australia seamer Glenn McGrath has lamented the standard of death bowling in the early stages of the World Cup.

Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath 

England coach Peter Moores admitted his bowlers needed to improve after they conceded 105 runs in the final 10 overs during their opening defeat to Australia.

But England's problems have been put into some context by the fact that the average number of runs scored in the final 10 overs, when completed, in the opening five games of the World Cup is a whopping 112 runs.

The forgotten 'art'
Australia's equal leading one-day international wicket-taker McGrath believes bowlers have forgotten the 'art' of a yorker at the death and suggested he would have been able to combat new-age shots such as ramps and reverse sweeps.

"It still comes down to execution. In the final 10 overs if you can bowl good yorkers at will, and pretty much hit them, then you are going to be successful," McGrath, a three-time World Cup winner, told Cricket Australia's website.

"It seems that because people have put the ramp in that bowling yorkers at the death is a dying art, which just bewilders me. The new shots have come in but I felt that I probably could have combated that.

"Bowling comes back to executing and being able to bowl the ball where you want to bowl. If you can do that you are going to be successful in any era."