World Cup Titbits

Morgan urges England to hold their nerve

23 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Eoin Morgan urged England to revert to type after a shock World Cup defeat by Sri Lanka cast doubt over their ability to reach the semi-finals.

Friday’s 20-run loss at Headingley means England could have to win all three of their final group games against champions Australia, India and New Zealand in order to secure a last four spot.

Worryingly for England, they have not defeated any of that trio at a World Cup since 1992, although they did manage tie with India in Bangalore eight years ago. Sri Lanka’s total of 232-9 did not appear to leave England, yet to win the World Cup, with an especially stiff chase on Friday.

But, with veteran paceman Lasith Malinga taking 4-43 and England tossing other wickets away, it proved enough despite Joe Root’s grafting 57 and all-rounder Ben Stokes’ unbeaten 82, with England bowled out for 212.