Champions Trophy: Waqar Younis lashes out at Eoin Morgan for pitch complaint


Pakistan delivered an inspired all-round performance to rout a ragged England team by eight wickets in a one-sided Champions Trophy semi-final on Wednesday.

Pakistan chased down the target 212 easily.

India surged into a second successive Champions Trophy final by beating Bangladesh in front of 24,340 fans - a ODI record at Edgbaston - to set up a final with Pakistan.

Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) dismissed England's attack to all parts of Sophia Gardens in an opening stand of 118. "Against India, in the last three overs, it didn't go well but I stuck to my plans and Azhar Mahmood has helped me", he said.

England's other Test players have been rested for at least one of the T20 games against South Africa so they can gain pink-ball experience for their counties in day-night matches but Buttler will join them after the third game. "Every game is a knockout game and I told my boys to play their game and not worry about the result". In an interview with a Pakistani news channel, the southpaw said, "Sarfaraz needs to be told that he hasn't done anything special at all as Pakistan was forced to win the games by someone".

Joe Root, who top-scored for England with 46, spoke afterwards of his extreme disappointment but hopes he and the team can learn from the setback as they eye the chance to lift the World Cup on home soil in 2019.

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"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. You guys have been thrashed fair n square by Pakistan", Younis tweeted.

"One of the good things with this team is that we have played worse than this over the last couple of years, been knocked over easily in games and it doesn't seem to affect them", he said.

Tournament rules continue to dictate matches be played on used pitches, which will dust up and stay low - even in England, and Wales. Two hundred isn't a competitive score.

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England allowed their concerns over the pitch to get to them and "batted themselves into a hole" amid uncertainty about how many runs they needed, says Jonathan Agnew of the BBC. However, Morgan did not think that was the reason for England's demise. "We knew that coming into the tournament", Morgan said of the pitch. You have to be able to be good in all conditions.

Hussain stated that he thought that the English side got the pace of their innings all wrong and went too hard early on in the innings with Jonny Bairstow picking out the only man on the leg-side fence and then showed signs when Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes were together that they were reassessing.