'Don't panic' Root tells England after loss to Pakistan

Arnold Nichols
June 6, 2019

England captain Eoin Morgan said the side let themselves down with poor fielding in their 14-run loss to Pakistan in the World Cup at Trent Bridge on Monday.

Root now expects England, the world's top-ranked ODI side, to bounce back strongly against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday.

The Pakistani team were called "Unpredictable" in a good sense after their in-form performance against tournament favourites England in the match, which was in contrast to their last match where the team were brutally beaten by West Indies.

All three players admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

"But one thing is very important, which is our coach is always backing us".

The feedback from our officers was that the Pakistan team's visit surprised everyone at the mosque and it created a lot of excitement in the local community.

"You can have bad days with the bat and ball but you really shouldn't in the field".

"The incident occurred during the 14th over of Pakistan's innings when Roy used an audible obscenity after misfielding which was clearly heard by the umpires". "We've done all the work and it's hard to explain, they were mistakes we never normally make".

Hafeez's 84 and Babar Azam's 64, alongside strong contributions from Imam ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman and Sarfaraz Ahmed all had Morgan scratching his head as Pakistan posted 348-8.

Buttler also appeared to look long and hard at the ball after his dismissal.

Speaking after the game, Morgan said: "There were discussions throughout the whole of the two innings", he said. "The umpires came to me, mid-innings, and seemed to think that we were throwing the ball in on the bounce too much, or it was being over-exaggerated".

Pakistan's fast bowler, Hasan Ali said that despite losing the previous 11 games in a row, though being disappointed, they still had faith in themselves.

"They emphasised it would be the same for both".

The Dubliner added: "Jos was just intrigued to see the ball".

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