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09/03/2015 13:13 GMT | Updated 09/05/2015 06:59 BST

English Cricket Was Cremated Today

English cricket was said to have died at The Oval in 1882, well it's been cremated today at the Adelaide Oval.

England lost to Bangladesh by 15 runs and go out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the group stage.

The collapse of England's form has been spectacular. Only two years ago England won the Ashes 3-2 - a third consecutive Ashes win - but that feels like a long, long way away now.

Let's make this clear - Monday's loss to Bangladesh is one of the most humiliating days ever for English cricket. And the whole cricket world (and especially Australia) is laughing.

This is the first time ever that England has gone out at the group stage of a World Cup - (failure to reach Super 6s in 2003, doesn't count) and the team will be leaving New Zealand with other cricketing minnows like Scotland and Afghanistan.

So how has this happened?

Clearly it's the combined result of poor management, poor selections and poor performances, and already the knives will be out for captain Eoin Morgan and head coach Peter Moores. Morgan, who was out for a duck today, might be thinking it would have been better playing for his native Ireland - they have an impressive six points and may get through to the quarter finals.

A much re-tweeted quote from Peter Moores following today's defeat said: "We thought 275 was chasable. We'll have to look at the data."

Looking at "the data"

Well, the rest of us have checked the data and have found they were 15 runs short.

Also, if you check the data any further you'll find one very hard fact facing you - England are no longer in the top division of world cricket - in One Day Internationals and Twenty20 it's not even certain they are in division two. Let's not forget the loss to the Netherlands in the ICC World Twenty20 in Chittagong in March last year by 45 runs. Just in case you needed a reminder, the Dutch are a part-time team who do not play test cricket.

Clearly England's bowlers have to take a fair portion of the blame for the failure in New Zealand. None of them are in the top ten for economy rates, or numbers of wickets, and in the game against Bangladesh, batsman Mohammad Madmudullah became the first for his country to score a World Cup hundred - and well done to him for that.

There have been some unfortunate losses to the England side in the past couple of years - England's best spinner Grahame Swann, retired early due to an elbow injury (he's only 35 now), and top-order batsman Jonathan Trott also pulled out due to illness first in 2013 and then again in April 2014.

The elephant in the room

There's nothing the selectors can do about illness and injury, but we are ignoring a great big elephant in the room here. England repeatedly failed to score enough runs in the World Cup in New Zealand and yet there's an in-form batsman, who played a great season of limited overs cricket last year in Australia - I am of course referring to Mr Kevin Pietersen.

Many England cricket fans have been calling for his return - Piers Morgan has repeatedly been pushing his #BringBackKP twitter campaign.

KP is certainly ready and willing. Surely the most important job of any selector is to pick the best players available at the time. This is their failure and they will have a 24-hour flight home to contemplate it.

Last week ECB's new chairman Colin Graves refused to rule out a possible return for the 34-year-old - so with a change of management looking pretty imminent maybe there's a chance to see KP back playing for England.

The question you have to ask is this - would the Aussies rather play England with or without their best batsman?

And that's why KP should be back.

Sayed Bukhari is the cricket obsessed CEO of property firm HPM Developments based in London.