Eoin Morgan admits to England regrets after dismal Champions Trophy exit

Champions Trophy 2017

Champions Trophy 2017

Former English cricketer Nasser Hussain criticized England captain Eoin Morgan for blaming the pitch for its ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final toss to Pakistan.

England top order batsman Joe Root admitted that England missed a "golden chance" to end their long wait for a maiden one-day worldwide title after a crushing eight-wicket Champions Trophy semi-final defeat to Pakistan in Cardiff.

"Coming from Edgbaston which was a good wicket to a used wicket, we didn't adapt very well", Morgan told Sky Sports. We bowled okay but 200 was well under par. Pakistan had played on the wicket previously and that helped. "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".

England laboured to 211 all out in the face of another probing display from the Pakistan attack - this time missing the injured Mohammad Amir - before the target was knocked off with almost 13 overs to spare.

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Victories over South Africa and crucially Sri Lanka secured their place in the last four and they take their place in this weekend's showpiece thanks to a comprehensive eight-wicket win over England. Although a significant collapse followed against Sri Lanka, which nearly cost them a semi-final spot, there were no such alarms against England.

"I don't think there was any home advantage, if that's what you're asking".

"I'm just very disappointed", Root said. The first & second wicket partnership scored a worthy 118 runs when Fakhar Zaman was dismissed for 57 runs.

Pakistan had collapsed to 162 for seven chasing 237 against Sri Lanka but, two days on, there was no repeat of that batting slump.

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The aggressive opener, when asked about who he wanted to face in the final, beat about the bush a bit before finally revealing his preference.

"England got stuck in the middle period after starting well, and then were well set at 100-2 but we lost our way in the middle period. The wicket was obviously slow and low and hard to get away to start with", he added.

"We played really well in the competition but we weren't at our best on the day".

Jos Buttler (4), Moeen Ali (11) and Adil Rashid (7) fell quickly and Ben Stokes, one of the most destructive batsmen in the world, failed to hit a boundary in a scratchy 34 as the Pakistan bowlers dominated. Talking about the victory, Pakistan Sarfraz Ahmed on Wednesday credited the support staff for keeping the team in good spirits after heavy loss against India, following which the side staged a sensational turnaround to reach the Champions Trophy final.

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