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England’s defeat to Pakistan suggests World Cup rethink may be needed | Vic Marks

Despite success batting second, there is surely virtue in Eoin Morgan paying more attention to conditions than the team’s preferences

The World Cup has been invigorated by two upsets. The victories for Bangladesh and Pakistan do not constitute acts of giant-killing but they were unexpected. The higher-ranked sides have been outplayed. As a consequence South Africa, in particular, are feeling the strain while England are chastened – or at least they should be.

The two vastly experienced captains of the defeated teams reacted differently. Faf du Plessis, after the defeat by Bangladesh, said that he was “extremely disappointed”; he was “gutted” that his team were “just not firing” and he admitted that he had probably made a substantial mistake at the toss when – for the second time at the Oval – he decided to field first on a dry surface.

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