England defeated debutants Afghanistan by nine wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method in an inconsequential and rain-marred cricket World Cup Pool A match at the Sydney Cricket Ground here on Friday.
Already out of the World Cup, England on Wednesday suffered further blows with all-rounders Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali being ruled out due to injury for their final and inconsequential Pool A encounter against Afghanistan on March 13.
England`s new-look top order all scored half centuries as the tourists made a strong start to their trip Down Under for the World Cup with a thumping 216-run win over Australian Capital Territory XI on Monday.
Former skipper Michael Vaughan accused Alstair Cook of dropping players, who are better than him, and also said that if the England cricket captain doesn't step down voluntarily then the selectors should sack him.
England national selector Angus Fraser feels the upcoming five-match ODI series against India will be a tough one as the two teams will not just look to compete but also build up to the 2015 World Cup.