Hosts England has been smashed out by 8 wickets against Pakistan in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy 2017 in Cardiff.
England captain Eoin Morgan said in the post-match press conference that the side would stick upon to what they have been doing in the last couple of years as it has produced some positive results for them.
After the match lost by 8 wickets against Pakistan, the 30-year-old England captain Morgan said “One of the huge contributing factors towards topping our table and playing very good cricket in the group stages is that we’ve stayed true to what we believe in and what’s worked for us the last couple of years, and I think that’s the continued formula for the future.”
Morgan added, “I think it will have to evolve in whatever manner the game does over the next two years in the lead-in to the World Cup, but certainly I think we’re moving in the right direction. One of the things about knockout cricket is that you have to adapt to conditions.”
Talking about Pakistan bowling attack, Morgan said “It’s a big challenge jumping from venue to venue but we’re going to have to do that with the World Cup so it’s important for us to go through games like today for our experience. I thought they bowled really well. They adjusted to conditions extremely well.”
Morgan said about the pitch, “I think, going into today’s game knowing that we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan’s game closer to their home (conditions). So it was a big challenge and one that was too far us.”
England coach Trevor Bayliss said to Sky Sports about Pakistan performance, “All credit to Pakistan today, they were too good for us. Our bowlers probably tried to chase the wickets too much and served up too many half-volleys. There’s a number of our guys who haven’t been at this level before and it is a learning curve.”
“Finishing third or fourth, I think that’s about right where we sit in world cricket at the moment. We’ve got a long way to go until we reach the level we want to get to and a level I believe we’re good enough to get to.”