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Eoin Morgan dismisses element of complacency after defeat by Pakistan

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Elias Hubbard | 20 June, 2017, 01:39

England were knocked out of the Champions Trophy after loss to Pakistan in the semi-final.

"I think the good thing about Hasan is that even (when) someone hits him for a four, he comes back and returns with hard lengths and I think this is what a cricketer requires", Shoaib Malik said.

Talking about conditions and wicket, the England captain said that there was no home advantage for his team in the game. We did prepare like we were going to play on a used wicket.

'We are building up to that World Cup, ' said Bayliss in the aftermath of their eight-wicket thrashing in Cardiff.

Sarfraz Ahmed was hopeful of having a fully fit Pakistan bowling attack for the Champions Trophy final after an accumulation of injuries piled up before and during Wednesday's semi-final.

"(But) fair credit to Pakistan.

England's Jake Ball reacts as Pakistani batsmen gave them a tough time on the field.

Morgan insisted they can still take positives from the tournament with the World Cup in 2019 in mind.

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh have blasted Aamer Sohail for accusing Pakistan of match-fixing in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in England. "So it was a big challenge and one that was too far for us", he said.

"We certainly weren't overconfident".

"I think (Amir) has a little bit of back spasm".

While fans went insane in Pakistan and wished the team on social media, the English team got brutally trolled for the manner in which they lost against the lowest ranked side in the tournament.

"Sarfaraz needs to be told that he hasn't done anything special at all as Pakistan was forced to win the games by someone", he added.

In next week's T20 internationals, Roy and Hales will form the ideal opening pair: all guns blazing from the first ball, probably the most gifted pair of shot-makers England have had to open an innings - by the definition of being able to hit any ball for six. But England suffered their first loss of the tournament and in a match that was not ideal to loss.

Asked how that came about, Morgan said: "I think the explanation is they played two days ago on it". "It's disrespectful to Pakistan, who played brilliantly and made the best of the conditions".

Pacer Hasan Ali scalped three wickets for 35 runs while Juniad Khan and debutant Rumman Raees chipped in with two wickets each.

Pakistan will now play eight India or Bangladesh in the final at the Oval in London on Sunday, June 18.

The captain was thrilled with the performance of the youngsters in the team: "I'm very happy about my youngsters performing, especially Hasan who is improving day by day".

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