Ben Stokes will have an operation on his knee after the World Cup (Picture: Getty Images)
England have won just one of their six matches in India so far, sitting bottom of the group stage table in a remarkably bad attempt at defending the title they won in 2019.
Three games remain, and the defending champions are not yet officially out of the tournament, but it would take a miracle for England to turn their campaign around.
Asked to identify the problem for the side this year, Stokes said: ‘The problem is we’ve been crap.
‘It’s just been a disaster, there’s no point sugarcoating it.’
England play Australia on Saturday before taking on Netherlands and Pakistan, then Stokes will undergo knee surgery to fix an ongoing injury issue.
A Test series in India begins on 25 January and Stokes hopes to be fit for that run of five-matches, although it will be a tight turnaround, with England’s final game at the World Cup on 11 November.
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Stokes is set for knee surgery.