Eoin Morgan refused to be downbeat following England’s World Cup defeat against Pakistan, but admits they had a very bad day in the field. Pakistan were all out for 105 in their opening-round defeat against West Indies, but bounced back in fine style as they defeated tournament favourites England by 14 runs.
While there was a huge improvement from Pakistan, who made 348-8, England’s poor performance in the field helped them, with Jason Roy putting down Mohammad Hafeez on just 14 before he went on to amass 84. It was just one of a host of errors that left Morgan frustrated, but the England skipper refused to throw his team under the bus. “I don’t think it was that bad a day,” Morgan said.
“It was just a really bad day in the field. It hasn’t happened a lot with us but there were mistakes that we don’t normally make. And that’s disappointing. “We’ve gone from probably one of our best performances in the field at The Oval to, not extremely bad, but it’s cost us probably 15-20 runs in the field which is a lot in the one-day game. “Our performances with bat and ball throughout the tournament will ebb and flow. Today it wasn’t that bad.”