Ex-cricketer Aamir Sohail accuses Pakistan of 'fixing' matches

Sarfraz Ahmed's team received a shellacking in the group stage - and India are now 4/9 with Bet365 to lift the trophy - but Pakistan are perhaps worth a bob or two at 7/4.

Modern sportsmen and women are trained to focus on the next target, the next match, the next tournament. From the moment of Root's dismissal in the 28th over, they lost 8 for 83 in 22 overs, hitting just three boundaries after the 30-over mark.

Should Essex win perhaps we shall see a re-run of the 1979 B&H Cup Final when Essex won their first ever trophy, beating Surrey at Lord's. If we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament. It was just slightly frustrating that we've not been able to do it.

Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, has challenged the next generation of England players to stake a claim for a spot in the 2019 World Cup squad although he expects most of those who took part in the Champions Trophy to be around for that tournament.

Also, people forget that at the start of the year, it had tough tours of Australia and New Zealand alright, but leading up to that point, it was the No.1 ranked Test team in the world.

"All credit to Pakistan today, they were too good for us", Bayliss told Sky Sports.

"It´s disrespectful to Pakistan, who played brilliantly and made the best of the conditions".

It was an honest assessment from Root and England will rue a number of misfortunes and missteps. "They have been brought to the final due to external factors and not on the basis of their performances", he spewed vitriol.

"These are all talks and I'm sure these guys are jealous". They found it hard to keep the scoreboard ticking and losing wickets at regular intervals made life tougher for them.

Joe Root is confident England can put their painful Champions Trophy exit behind them and not let it poison the rest of the summer.

The transformation from a team that looked set to board a flight back home after the hammering to India in their campaign opener to become one of the finalists has been nothing short of a miracle.

"But we've got to continue to do that and we've got to work out ways where we can get on the right side of these results and in scenarios when things aren't favourable to us". "Whenever he comes on he's getting wickets". "It was a team no one gave a chance, neither here nor back home", added the 30-year-old wicketkeeper, whose 61-not out was key to the victory over Sri Lanka. That means that the group should be able to largely stay together, gain more experience together and become a more rounded side than the one-trick ponies they are now, perhaps unfairly, seen as.

As we're one victory from a Lord's final, these are high stakes.

Although Pakistani cricket had the track-record of involving in match-fixing, the fresh allegation by Aamer Sohail is being ridiculed by sports analysts and former crickets from both nations.

I think again, it is a reflection that there is very little to choose between the top teams.

  • Julie Sanders