Champions Trophy: Waqar Younis lashes out at Eoin Morgan for pitch complaint

Eoin Morgan thinks England failed to adapt to the conditions in Cardiff after they checked out of the Champions Trophy with an embarrassing eight-wicket semi-final defeat to Pakistan.

"This was a golden chance to win a tournament at home, and I think all we can do now is keep looking towards that World Cup and use this as a really good platform", Root added.

"There were huge expectations they'd go on to win the tournament, I think justifiably so on the back of what they've done over the past year and a half".

"But coming from Edgbaston [where they played Australia last Saturday], it was obviously a big jump in pace and bounce and too much of an ask for us to adjust to really".

However, Morgan did give credit to the Pakistan bowlers for restricting England to 211 in 49.5 overs.

Pakistan bowlers chipped away at the wickets at regular intervals and aided by some good fielding, curtailed England for what was their lowest total in the tournament.

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

On the back of their tremendous wins over world number one South Africa and world number four England, Pakistan have now climbed to seventh in the ICC one-day internationals rankings updated on Wednesday.

There is no way England could have lost in the Champions Trophy.

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"After the first loss, we are very down, but credit goes to the team management", said Sarfraz.

"Finishing third or fourth, I think that's about right where we sit in world cricket at the moment".

Morgan believes his side, who had won all three of their group matches heading into this semi-final, will have learned valuable lessons from this campaign as they look to again win their first major 50-over title in two years' time.

"Of course, when you're playing at home, you'd like to think conditions are going to be slightly favourable to you".

"We did not adapt to conditions. That's why we won today".

Instead, they went into inspired mode, bowling England out for just 211, before knocking those runs down with ridiculous ease.

"Pakistan opted to bowl first, which we all thought was the wrong decision, as we thought the pitch would deteriorate and become harder to score on".

India play Bangladesh on Thursday at Edgbaston in the other semifinal match with India the clear favorites - but so were England.

  • Tabitha Byrd