St Lucia - England’s timing could not have been any worse as Saturday provided two lessons in the perils of taking lesser nations lightly as Bangladesh overturned India and Ireland secured a famous triumph over Pakistan.
Skipper Michael Vaughan made it clear after defeat to New Zealand that he would be taking this game against Canada seriously but it looks like his players failed to follow that lead.
England’s management confirmed on Saturday that several players were fined after staying out late after the game – it may be as simple as that, with very little booze involved.
But, when the main debate around the laptops in the media centre is the spelling of the word “pedalo”, trouble can’t be far away.
Whispers that inspirational all-rounder Andrew Flintoff could be dropped for this game for disciplinary reasons - amid reports he was involved in an incident at sea in the early hours of Saturday morning - were already doing the rounds as the ground filled up.
When he was the only member of the squad not involved in warm-ups they were as good as confirmed.
Ironically, while I was sightseeing at nearby Pigeon Island (base of the English fleet in the 18th century) on Sunday, a pub landlord regaled me with tales of legendary carouser Ian Botham’s last trip to St Lucia.
As Botham pointed out on television this morning, we indulged Flintoff’s drunken antics after the Ashes triumph of 2005 so it is difficult to condemn him now.
On their showing against Kenya last Wednesday, Canada are not among the “super minnows” but the effects of this weekend could be felt for the rest of the World Cup campaign.