Joe Root called on his England teammates to remain calm and carry on after a surprise 14-run defeat by Pakistan.
After suffering a shock loss to Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Monday, England star batsman Joe Root called for calm, urging teammates to go with the flow. World Cup 2019: Joe Root Calls For Calm After England’s Shock Loss To Pakistan.
England, the tournament favourites, went into the Pakistan match in good form, having easily defeated South Africa in the World Cup opener.
Dropped chances, juxtaposed with undisciplined bowling helped Pakistan banish the ghosts of the West Indies loss as they registered a 300-plus score.
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Root now expects England, the world’s top-ranked ODI side, to bounce back strongly against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday. (World Cup 2019)
‘Don’t make mistakes twice’
“And the beauty of this format is I do believe the best four teams over the tournament will qualify for the semi-finals and we’ve got to make sure we play some good cricket in our remaining games.” (World Cup 2019)
The Test captain insisted: “One thing this side doesn’t do very often is to make the same mistake twice and I’m sure the guys will make sure it’s a very different performance against Bangladesh.”
Pakistan’s 348 for eight — in marked contrast to a total of 105 all against the West Indies in their tournament opener — left England needing a new record for the highest successful World Cup run-chase if they were to win on Monday.
“It was just a really bad day in the field,” said England captain Eoin Morgan.
“There were mistakes that we don’t normally make. And that’s disappointing.
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The umpires warned both Morgan and Pakistan counterpart Sarfaraz Ahmed about deliberately throwing the ball in on the bounce — a tactic that is used to scuff the ball up in a bid to generate reverse swing.
Buttler also appeared to look long and hard at the ball after his dismissal.
“There were discussions throughout the whole of the two innings,” said Morgan.
“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.
“They emphasised it would be the same for both (teams).
“The conversations that were stopping the game were that Pakistan were doing the same thing,” he explained.
The Dubliner added: “Jos was just intrigued to see the ball. When the ball is hit against the LED boards (on the boundary) it does scuff it up quite a lot, so he was just interested to see if the ball was more scuffed up.”