Morgan refuses to give up 'attacking style' after Pakistan thrashing

"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 (Wednesday) for our experience".

Pakistan thrashed England by eight wickets with 77 balls to spare, to reach Sunday's final against the winners of today's semi-final between India and Bangladesh at Edgbaston.

Earlier, Pakistan bowlers led by Hasan Ali put up a quality display to restrict England to 211 runs in 49.5 overs.

"It was not over confidence".

"Certainly, that hasn't gone to our heads at all".

England skipper Eoin Morgan said that his team didn't adapt to conditions, coming from Edgbaston to a used wicket.

"That is one of the reasons we will keep competing".

It was an outcome which confounded nearly all predictions after England had breezed through the group stages - while Pakistan began their campaign with a landslide defeat against India and sneaked into the last four only when they beat Sri Lanka by three wickets at this same venue two days ago.

England, previously the only unbeaten team in the tournament and huge favourite to defeat Pakistan, was bowled out for just 211 here on Wednesday.

"It has been a privilege to watch England in one-day cricket for the past two years but, on a day when it really mattered, they were unable to reproduce anything close to their best form".

Morgan is the only survivor in England's now much-admired white-ball team from the one Collingwood led to this country's only global trophy to date - at the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010.

"Yes", he said. "You can say that because I've played three matches and we've won all the three".

Pakistan will now play the victor of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh to be played tomorrow in Birmingham. But amidst all the disappointment in England's performance and rather unexpected premature competition exit, we shouldn't lose sight of how far this team has come and the potential it holds. Finishing third or fourth, I think that's about right where we sit in world cricket at the moment [they are ranked fourth].

"I think it depends on what the ICC want to get out of the tournament", the 30-year-old added. They outplayed us today on this wicket.

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. Pakistan's fielding was noteworthy yesterday as they effected couple of run outs too. "Morgan promised that they would go down all guns blazing; yesterday they fired blank after blank".

  • Julie Sanders