England haven’t been mathematically eradicated from the match – even defeat in Lucknow on Sunday is not going to formally knock them out – however they’re unlikely to qualify for the semi-finals even when they put collectively an inconceivable run of type and win all 4 of their remaining fixtures.
Morgan, who captained them to the 2019 title, stated it had been “unsettling” to look at England’s plight during the last three weeks and that their confidence had taken a beating. He additionally hinted at wider points than merely type, saying: “I feel there’s one thing else occurring – there needs to be.”
And Morgan went so far as to counsel that England’s marketing campaign has been among the many worst in sporting historical past, within the context of the widespread expectation that they’d attain the semi-finals. “I’ve by no means come throughout a sports activities staff that has underperformed like this England staff, given the extent of expectation that’s on their shoulders,” he stated on Sky Sports activities.
“There’s one thing inside the staff that’s positively unsettled. The tactic which they’re attempting to make use of and given the substantial nature during which they’ve misplaced the sport[s], it’s positively referred to as into query, the morale inside the altering room and the boldness. It have to be at its lowest that it has been for a substantial time frame now.”
Morgan stated that it was “an unacceptable excuse” to easily say that gamers have been all off form on the similar time. “I feel there’s one thing else occurring – there needs to be,” he stated. “Once you take a look at the power in depth, significantly with the bat, England are pretty much as good on paper as some other aspect on this match, however they have not but fired.
“They’ve made errors with choice: they’ve actually struggled to discover a balanced aspect and one which’s efficient sufficient to compete, by no means thoughts win this match. It has been unbelievably difficult for Jos and his staff… they must regain the boldness within the technique that they’ve used for therefore lengthy that has made them double world champions.”
“The factor that is baffled me probably the most is that it has been constant throughout the board,” Trescothick stated. “Bar the sport at Dharamsala, the place we performed Bangladesh, the place one received an enormous rating [Dawid Malan’s 140] and we received a number of different massive scores round it, there’s simply by no means been the consistency of individuals getting the runs.
“I feel they’re attempting to know it… it [their form] has not gone, it is simply hiding in a humorous place in the mean time. It is not out of the blue disappeared they usually’re by no means going to attain runs once more. They will rebound from this and rebound again into type sooner or later. Nevertheless it is perhaps, sadly, disappointing that it should be too late for this competitors.”
Sunday’s match in Lucknow might be performed on a used pitch, the identical one which was used for South Africa’s win over Australia two weeks in the past.
“The timing truly could not be any worse,” Morgan stated. “Given India are nonetheless out and out favourites to win this match on dwelling soil, that problem simply turns into far greater now than it most likely could be in the event you have been taking part in on a recent pitch.
“England simply must play what’s in entrance of them,” he added. “For lots of this match, I imagine that they have been carrying different issues or wanting outdoors of the camp, versus their very own efficiency. They should keep within the current for so long as they’ll tomorrow and switch India over.”
Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98