England vs Australia World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan looked scared, says Kevin Pietersen

first_imgOn June 18 at Old Trafford, Eoin Morgan was on fire. He broke the all-time record for most sixes in an ODI innings by any batsman – in the course of a 71-ball 148, Morgan smashed 17 sixes. By the end of the day, England had raced away to a 150-run win.Exactly a week later at Lord’s, a semi-final berth was on the line for England, hosts of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. A shock defeat to Sri Lanka meant England needed to win 2 of their 3 remaining matches against Australia, India and New Zealand. And it was at Lord’s that England needed to get one across their old cricket arch-rivals.But in a chase of 286, England were all at sea as Australian left-arm seamers dominated. James Vince and Joe Root were back by the time Eoin Morgan, the man with the most sixes in an ODI innings walked in to bat. But Afghanistan and Australia are different propositions.Eoin Morgan faced 6 balls before top-edging a short ball from Mitchell Starc – he was caught out by Pat Cummins at fine leg.England’s chase was in shambles.Kevin Pietersen, the former England batsman, made a telling point in a tweet after Morgan fell.Oh no, Eoin Morgan looked scared!That Is A Horror Sign!Kevin Pietersen?? (@KP24) June 25, 2019Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes looked firm enough after the early setbacks but Pietersen’s concerns were valid.For a side which boasted of breaching the 500-run mark in the World Cup, England’s batsmen have been pretty ordinary since that Afghanistan game. They failed to chase down 233 against Sri Lanka at Leeds and against Australia, the England top-order was rocked by pure pace.advertisementAlso Read | David Warner 3rd Australian to hit 500 runs in a single World CupAlso Read | England vs Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch set new World Cup recordlast_img

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