Champions Trophy 2017 June 15, 2017

England must learn from missing 'golden chance' - Root


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Joe Root admitted England had let a huge opportunity to claim a first global one-day title slip away when they slumped to defeat against Pakistan, but coach Trevor Bayliss believes that finishing in the semi-finals reflected where the team currently stands.

Having completed the group stage as the only unbeaten side, England were brought crashing to earth by a superlative Pakistan bowling performance on a pitch which pushed their batting order out of their comfort zone. 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.

For Root, this was the third near-miss of his career, following the 2013 Champions Trophy final against India and last year's World T20 final against West Indies, leaving England to focus on the 2019 World Cup - also on home soil - to break their duck in 50-over tournaments.

"It was a golden chance for us to win something and all we can do now is keep looking towards that World Cup and use this as a really good platform," Root said. "Throughout the whole time, Morgs [Eoin Morgan] and the rest of the guys know that we're not the finished article but we have made huge steps and huge strides.

"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. It is a good learning curve for us but we've got to keep the same drive that we've had over the last 18 months to keep getting better so that, when that World Cup does come round, we're in the best shape possible and give ourselves the best chance of really contending that final."

Bayliss, who took charge in the summer of 2015, following England's embarrassing group stage exit at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, was more sanguine about the exit despite his team's most laboured effort with the bat since they threw caution to the wind two years ago.

"I know you guys had us down as the favourites here, but that certainly wasn't out of the team or from my point of view. Where we finished, third or fourth, is probably about right at the moment, we've still got a lot of work to do and we know that, but it is what we're building towards.

"I'm still very disappointed we didn't win against Pakistan, I thought we'd been playing well enough to win, but we came up against a good side that played well."

The issue of whether England had lost their home advantage due to the abrasive nature of the used pitch at Cardiff did not come into the players' minds, according to Bayliss. Though he did cite conditions as one of the key factors in the match, he also credited the way Pakistan's bowlers hit the correct lengths for the pitch.

"It is just the way it is, you've got to play on different wickets wherever, sometimes at home and sometimes away," he said. "It is just one of those areas where we've got to improve at.

"I think the conditions did have a part to play and I thought the Pakistanis used them extremely well. I thought the lengths they bowled were what most teams try to achieve, there was very few half-volleys and very few long-hops, and that is something that we've spoken about."

Bayliss backed his team to brush off their disappointment over the next few days and focus on the second half of the season. There are three T20s against South Africa next week - the squad featuring a new of new names - leading into a four-Test series. Then, in August, West Indies arrive for a multi-format tour.

"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. "That is one of the reasons why we will keep competing at this level because they can put it to the back of their minds and go out and play their natural way the next time."

For Root, there is an immediate challenge to focus his mind as he prepares to begin his England Test captaincy. He was handed the job in February, but with the focus on one-day cricket, it has taken a back seat until now. Root is rested from the T20s against South Africa so the next time he pulls on an England shirt it will be the Lord's Test against South Africa.

"That is exciting, but I haven't really thought about it too much over the last week or so," Root said. "Certainly over the next couple of weeks I'll get my head around that and all the challenges it will bring. More importantly the opportunities it will bring as well. There is plenty to look forward to and plenty to play for."

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • cricfan72669173 on June 17, 2017, 9:28 GMT

    That was not a golden chance. you lost in semi final. golden chance was lost against West Indies in final of CT back in mid 2000

  • Mutukisna on June 16, 2017, 16:24 GMT

    @VENKAT_SUPER_11, I know my suggestion that Morgan should be dropped might cause outrage. Morgan is best on a flat track giving his team the licence to play an attacking game but England clearly failed to adjust their strategy to this Pakistani attack and the pitch. Morgan managed to make 33 runs off 53 balls and played a reckless stroke chasing a ball which was almost a wide displaying desperation which was not needed as early as the 32nd over and got out. England were 141 for 3 with 290+ on the cards. Not a good example by the captain. Using up 53 balls getting himself in, he should have stayed until at least the 45th over. Apparently, he even declared that it was too much to ask to adjust to the pitch. Hardly, a statement from a good captain! Bairstow is a better batsman than Morgan, in my opinion. England have done better than previous years not because of Morgan's personal strategy but because this weakness was identified by the team's management as the reason for past failure.

  • Venkat_Super_11 on June 16, 2017, 15:00 GMT

    @MUTUKISNA, England have come a long way in ODI, primarily due to Morgan's aggressive approach and the freedom he has given his team mates to play their natural attacking game. And now you want Morgan to be dropped and replaced with Bairstow? Bairstow is unarguably wonderful batsman but Eng team must be really proud of Morgan's captaincy. Until 2015, Eng wouldn't even qualify for the knock out stages but in 2016 WT20 and 2017 CT it's just because of Morgan's attitude, Eng team have really evolved into an ODI team.

  • CricketChat on June 16, 2017, 14:02 GMT

    Eng lost because they weren't expecting to be bowled out for such a low score since they had been cruising along against arguably tougher teams. After shock, Morgan & Eng team management completely lost their plot. They might have been expecting PAK to implode, which they almost did against SL against a similar target before scrapping through on the generosity of SL fielding. The only chance Eng could have won is by constantly attacking PAK batsmen. I couldn't believe the defensive fields that allowed PAK batsmen, including the usually sedate Azhar Ali, picking easy runs all over the field. This is the type match that tests the captain. Any captain can defend 325 on his day. I would have to say Morgan came up short. Time for Root to take over, at least in ODIs.

  • Erihsacnal on June 16, 2017, 12:30 GMT

    If England players are allowed to play more for their counties, then they will get more used to varying conditions, to the type of pitches where you have to work out a plan. This excludes Jos Buttler, of course, who, although registered with Lancashire, has rarely played for them and prefers to be a globe-trotting T20 player. At Cardiff they seemed to assume they could just play as they had in the previous matches. Winning trophies requires a bit more.

  • Mutukisna on June 16, 2017, 10:17 GMT

    England can do better. It is progressing towards an eventual World ODI championship. I was surprised that David Willey was not selected. He should be in every ODI and T20 England side, not just for the left arm bowling option. Now here comes my comment which might cause disagreement if not outrage. I am afraid that Morgan should be dropped and Bairstow should bat in his place at second drop or No4. Jason Roy had a bad ICC Champions League but should be restored back to his opening position. Finally, Josh Buttler or Joe Root should be made captain.

  • purplexedv on June 16, 2017, 8:26 GMT

    Learn. but how? You can't always win games with bits and pieces cricketers. Except Root all others have unimpressive batting or bowling averages. Their side is good only while playing on flat pitches and gets found out while playing in trying conditions.

  • christinjacob95 on June 16, 2017, 8:15 GMT

    I dont agree against pak bat first in final is also good option as except that new opener,amir & sarfaraz all other are poor batsman. Keep Azhar & hafeez on strike all the time then india would win.

  •   Cricinfouser on June 16, 2017, 8:03 GMT

    How many Englishmen would make an all time world 11 in the shorter formats of the game? How many Englishmen would make an all time test 11 after the game became more universal (rather than just England vs Australia)? How many Englishmen will make up an 11 for the 2019 WC? This will tell you whether England can win the 2019 WC or any ICC tournament!

  • Gaurav Sethi on June 16, 2017, 8:02 GMT

    When will learning stop and winning big matches starts? Just asking, England?

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