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Morgan blames poor fielding after defeat

 NOTTINGHAM, June 4: 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.

Joe Root (107) and Jos Buttler (103) were guiding the favourites towards an imposing target of 349 after Pakistan left England needing a World Cup record chase. But their dismissals after reaching hundreds dashed England’s hopes.

“It’s an attitude thing. We need to take that stand-off attitude we showed and recreate that fearless nature that goes for everything.

“It’s tough to take because we could have done something about it. When the difference between the sides is their fielding, that’s going to be frustrating.

“Our performances with bat and ball will go up and down, it’s a long tournament. But our fielding, that should remain a constant high standard.” – AFP

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