Champions Trophy final an all South Asian affairs

Solenn Plantier
Juin 18, 2017

There was growing optimism, after a flawless group campaign this month, that England were at last about to add a maiden one-day worldwide title at their 19th attempt since the first World Cup in 1975.

"The new faces have given Pakistan a new life with their energetic efforts".

"This was a golden chance to win a tournament at home, and I think all we can do now is keep looking towards that World Cup and use this as a really good platform", test captain Root told reporters. Then, in August, West Indies arrive for a multi-format tour. "We've got to be sensible about it and if there is someone else who deserves to be in the team then we've got to look for that".

"Even the other day I thought they were outstanding in the way they applied themselves and chased (New Zealand's) total down".

"The way Pakistan team played against England gives us an impression that they are now in a position to do something special for the country in the all-important match", Zaheer said on Thursday.

Speaking to Press Association Sport while taking part in the final leg of broadcaster Jeff Stelling's March for Men for Prostate Cancer UK, Collingwood reflected on England's disappointing Champions Trophy exit, but insisted they came up against opponents at the top of their game and are good enough to fare much better in their home World Cup in two years' time.

During the Champions Trophy, England only made two changes to their team.

Pakistan will take on the victor of the India vs Bangladesh semi-final, on Sunday at Oval. But still, I believe we have a lot more to do in that level. "[Bairstow] batted reasonably again there, getting 40-odd".

The spinners kept things tight in the middle overs with big hitting Ben Stokes unable to find the boundary in over 60 balls. "They have worked really worked hard to get this far and I feel so bad when people work so hard and the ex-captains or ex-players talk bad about the team".

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.

Mortaza added: "Obviously we have been disappointed, especially in India T20 World Cup we couldn't go through".

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