Morgan blames pitch for poor England show

Morgan blames pitch for poor England show

Morgan blames pitch for poor England show

Eoin Morgan says England were not guilty of complacency after crashing out of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan.

Modern sportsmen and women are trained to focus on the next target, the next match, the next tournament. Before the final group match against Sri Lanka, Mickey Arthur had called Hasan one of the "beacons" of this Pakistan side and they were sentiments echoed by Sarfraz who praised the youngsters that have come good.

"I'm just very disappointed", Root said. It was just slightly frustrating that we've not been able to do it.

"This doesn't feel great at the minute but there's a lot of cricket still to play this summer, and we've got to make sure we're right for that".

Former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan, under whose leadership the nation had won 50-over World Cup in 1992, tweeted: "Now the whole nation awaits our team making amends in the final against India - if they defeat Bangladesh". It was also a period when the Pakistan spinners were in operation and runs were not coming at the pace as expected by England.

"I don't think we were simply used to it".

"I thought they bowled really well. That's why we won today", he added.

England were shaping up well at the halfway stage of their innings scoring 118 runs for the loss of two wickets.

"We continue to learn, everything we did was calculated, but Pakistan had played on the wicket previously and that helped".

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If India wins tomorrow's match, one can expect a cracker of a final between the two arch-rivals on Sunday at The Oval.

Four of the English batsmen got starts with Joe Root (46), Jonny Bairstow (43), Ben Stokes (34) and Eoin Morgan (33), but all failed to convert their starts into big scores.

"These are all talks and I'm sure these guys are jealous". "We just weren't at our best today".

England, despite competing in 19 major ICC ODI events since the inaugural World Cup back in 1975 have yet to lift a trophy.

"Having watched the game against Sri Lanka, we actually didn't think it was that bad", Morgan added. We all know what happens behind the scenes.

It was the eighth time that Hasan has collected three wickets or more in his 20 ODIs, and teammates see much more to come from the 23-year-old bowler.

Pakistan have been trying to catch up with the rest of the world and in the process perhaps lost their identity.

"So it was a big challenge and one that was too far for us". This is not the first time I'm hearing all these. "But certainly dictating it in a certain way, if you were relating to the final that we played in, was a bit farfetched really". He, and England, move on to the next job.

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