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Root calls for calm as England bid to bounce back from Pakistan defeat

Joe Root and Jos Buttler both hit centuries in defeat.

Joe Root has urged England to regroup (David Davies/PA)
Joe Root has urged England to regroup (David Davies/PA)

Joe Root has stressed the importance of remaining calm despite England suffering their first setback of the World Cup after a surprise 14-run loss to Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

Sparkling centuries from Root and Jos Buttler were scant consolation for the tournament favourites as Pakistan turned the form book on its head, snapping a run of 11 consecutive one-day international losses.

However, the round-robin nature of the group stage means defeat is not a disaster by any means for England and Root believes they will regroup ahead of Saturday’s trip to Cardiff to tackle Bangladesh.

The Yorkshireman said: “The most important thing now for us as a group is not to panic.

“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.

“The temptation is to get a little bit tense, but one of our great strengths as a side is sticking to the way we go about things and be as smart as possible.

“And the beauty of this format is that I do believe the best four teams over the tournament will qualify for the semi-finals and we’ve got to make sure we play some good cricket in our remaining games.

Joe Root became the first batsman to reach three figures in the 2019 World Cup (David Davies/PA)

“One thing this side doesn’t do very often is to make the same mistake twice and I’m sure the guys will make sure it’s a very different performance against Bangladesh.

Pakistan posted 348 for eight which, if overhauled, would have set a new tournament record for the highest successful chase yet it was insurmountable for England.

Root (107) and Buttler (103) came together at 118 for four and, though their 130-run stand raised hopes of an unlikely victory, England were ultimately left to rue an uncharacteristically derisory effort in the field.

The most important thing now for us as a group is not to panic. Joe Root

Mohammad Hafeez was dropped on 14 by Jason Roy before going on to amass 84 while there were mis-fields and overthrows from a side that delivered a masterclass in fielding when they defeated South Africa in the curtain-raiser last week.

England captain Eoin Morgan said: “I don’t think it was that bad a day.

“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.

“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.

“Our performances with bat and ball throughout the tournament will ebb and flow. Today it wasn’t that bad.”

In an occasionally fractious encounter, the umpires pointedly warned Morgan about his side throwing the ball in on the bounce and later issued the same reminder to Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed.

Buttler, meanwhile, seemed to take a look at the ball on his walk back to the pavilion after his 76-ball innings came to an end.

Morgan added: “There were discussions throughout the whole of the two innings. The umpires came to me mid-innings and seemed to think that we were throwing the ball in on the bounce too much or it was being over-exaggerated.

“They emphasised it would be the same for both. The conversations that were stopping the game were that Pakistan were doing the same thing.

“Jos was just intrigued to see the ball. When the ball is hit against the LED boards it does scuff it up quite a lot so we he was just interested to see if the ball was more scuffed up.”



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