Eoin Morgan's side were thrashed in the semi-final vs Pakistan    Getty Images
Eoin Morgan’s side were thrashed in the semi-final vs Pakistan Getty Images

After England‘s shocking 8-wicket loss to Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final, former England skipper Paul Collingwood has resorted faith in his national side going forward. Collingwood believes Pakistan were a better side on the knockout day and eventually finished first. On the other hand, the 41-year-old also added that Eoin Morgan-led side are playing an exciting brand of cricket and still are in good shape ahead of ICC World Cup 2019, which will also be hosted by England.

“Pakistan played like world beaters and they deserved it. This is what tournament play is all about, that is why it is so difficult to win these ICC tournaments. But I think we all realise that, whether England win or lose, they are playing some very exciting cricket. The batting line-up they have is powerful as any in the world. They have got huge strength in depth as well. They have probably got 15-16 players who could fit into this team and do a fantastic job”, Collingwood was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Talking on what exactly went wrong for the hosts on the big day, former England skipper stated, “Pakistan were absolutely fantastic with the ball and didn’t allow England to show the power they have shown over the last couple of years. A lot of people have spoken about the pitch and a lot will say that it was disappointing playing on it. That is out of England’s hands, but you have to adapt, it’s as simple as that. This team has been around the world. I watched them play in Sharjah, on a very slow turning pitch, and they beat Pakistan there. So I guess this was a bit surprising, but sometimes another team just plays outstandingly well”, concluded Collingwood.