Nasser Hussain pointed out England's faults and praised Pakistan    Getty Images
Nasser Hussain pointed out England’s faults and praised Pakistan Getty Images

In one of the biggest upsets of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan knocked out hosts England in the first semi-final at Cardiff and former England captain Nasser Hussain believes Eoin Morgan chose the wrong moment to go all guns blazing against Hasan Ali. The Pakistani pacer, who also happens to be the highest wicket-taker of the tournament after his triple-strike against England, dismissed opponent skipper and one of the consistent performers Morgan, which led to the middle order collapse and an eventual defeat for England. Nasser also picked out the other mistakes England made during the game and praised Pakistan for their composed approach on the big day. Full cricket scorecard: England vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Semi-Final 1 at Cardiff

Nasser wrote in his column in The Daily Mail, There will be a lot of talk about the Cardiff pitch after Pakistan dumped England out of the Champions Trophy. But that won t wash with me. It s disrespectful to Pakistan, who played brilliantly and made the best of the conditions. Before the game I said it would depend which Pakistan turned up. They answered that one emphatically. And England must have known that pitches in ICC tournaments can start to show wear and tear.

Hussain further wrote that England should have been prepared for such conditions. It must have been part of their plans, not least because it happened during the 2013 competition, when they ended up playing the final against India on a turning track at Edgbaston. What they encountered shouldn t have surprised them at all. Their coach Trevor Bayliss has always asked for them to play smart cricket, not just gung-ho cricket. This was anything but smart. In fact, it was timid. After two years of positive one-day batting, that is the biggest disappointment, read his column.

He further added, I thought they got the pace of their innings all wrong. They went too hard early on, 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. But Morgan chose the wrong moment to attack Hasan Ali, who in the absence of Mohammad Aamer was Pakistan s biggest threat, especially when he was finding reverse swing from round the wicket against the left-handers. He was exceptional.