Hosts and favourites, England suffered a disappointing 14-run defeat at the hands of Pakistan in their second match of World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Monday. The margin of Pakistan's victory at Trent Bridge was of 14 runs and it is not hard to see where the hosts could have made those runs up. Indeed, as they nurse their wounds after defeat in their second World Cup match, they will know their failure to chase at home for the first time in 21 matches did not rest solely on their batsmen who only mustered 334 for nine but on a fielding effort that conceded 348.
What might have been, had Jason Roy, running forward from long off, held onto a simple catch to see off Mohammad Hafeez on 14. The 38-year old ended up motoring to 84 from just 62 balls which underpinned what proved to be an insurmountable total. But it was not just Roy: a number of fumbles and nutmegs gave singles away, while Joe Root, 107 in the second innings, let his frustration get the better of him when he threw at the stumps and away for an extra four runs.
"I don't think it was *that* bad a day," clarified the England captain when asked about the overall performance. "Fielding wise it was."
"We've gone from probably one of our best performances in the field at The Oval to, not extremely bad, but it's cost us probably 15-20 runs in the field which is a lot in the one-day game. We've done all the work. It was just a really bad day in the field. It hasn't happened a lot with us but there were mistakes that we don't normally make. And that's disappointing."
There were discussion going on throughout the two innings
Morgan offered clarity and some refreshing honesty, admitting that questions were also being asked by the umpires of England's ball management during the Pakistan innings.
"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 was being over exaggerated.
England now travels to Cardiff where they will play Bangladesh on Saturday. Their opponents bested South Africa too in their opening game and will no doubt be looking to inflict further misery onto the hosts. Root, though, reckons the squad will bounce back strongly.
"We know what works for us as a formula, and as a team, but other sides are allowed to play well and we've got to make sure we learn quickly and bounce back at Cardiff," he said.