Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace has expressed sympathy for England after their troubled winter ended in a woeful exit from the Twenty20 World Cup but suggested they might be too rigid in their tactical approach to the game.
English cricket has fallen under heavy scrutiny with the Test side coach-less and serious questions being asked of limited overs boss Ashley Giles and players across all formats.
They reached a new low on Monday as Stuart Broad's Twenty20 side were beaten by the Netherlands to finish joint-bottom of their group but Farbrace, the former Middlesex and Kent wicketkeeper, believes they played well at times in the competition.
"I think England showed in some of the games that actually they played really, really well. Against us I thought they chased fantastically," he said. "It was unfortunate for them that they finished their tournament in the way they did against Holland.
"You can have the best plans but things can happen very quickly and once you lose a couple of wickets very early in your innings, it's the teams that take it on and continue to be brave who go on and win games.
"The teams that stutter and waste three or four overs trying to get back into the game - the game's gone by then."
Farbrace is the last Englishman standing in the World t20 as his Sri Lanka side, who lost to England in the group stage, prepare to face West Indies in the semi-finals on Thursday, which is live on Sky Sports 2HD from 1.30pm.
And he said: "The key thing is that you have really good plans, that you stick to them and are confident in them but you allow your players to go and play. That's one thing we have in our side, a lot of confidence in our players and we let them play.
"We don't spend hours and hours breaking the game down, our plans are very simple and I think that's absolutely key in this game. You allow players to make decisions throughout the game; if your plans are too rigid, you can stop people performing."