England captain Eoin Morgan has blamed his side’s sloppy fielding after the tournament favourites were shocked by Pakistan in the ICC World Cup here.
England were flawless in the field in their opening win over South Africa at the Oval, but was far from impressive at the Trent Bridge.
From the very first over there were misfields and overthrows and one very expensive dropped catch – Jason Roy, usually one of the safest hands on the team, shelling a regulation effort and then seeing Mohammad Hafeez go from 14 to 84.
“I don’t think it was that bad a day with the bat and ball but our fielding, that was a bad day,” said Morgan, whose side will next face Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday.
“We’ve gone from our best fielding performance to a display that has really cost us. I don’t know how many runs, 50 or 60?
“You can have bad days with the bat and ball but you really shouldn’t in the field. We’ve done all the work and it’s hard to explain, they were mistakes we never normally make.”
Pakistan showed why they remains an enigma in cricket with a stunning 14-run win that ended a long losing streak in one-day internationals despite two centuries for the World Cup host nation.