Christchurch: England opener Ian Bell apologised yesterday for his side's embarrassing start to the World Cup after being thrashed by Australia and New Zealand in their first two games.
"We expect people at home to be angry about that performance," he said. England captain Eoin Morgan said after the New Zealand humiliation that his side was "disappointed" rather than "embarrassed", but for Bell there was no escaping the "E" word.
"To go out and play like we did was embarrassing," Bell said. "The fact we have to apologise to people about the cricket is not acceptable. It's really disappointing what we've done."