Sri Lanka have opened up WC

Sri Lanka have opened up WC

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene praised Lasith Malinga for his ability to step up in big games after the paceman inspired his country's shock World Cup win over England.

Monty Panesar believes playing on fast pitches will help England live up to their tag as favourites at the Cricket World Cup.

England's next match against Australia, who are now top of the World Cup standings, at Lord's on Tuesday was always going to be a highprofile encounter.

Now with two defeats, England face their toughest streak of the tournament - against Australia, New Zealand and India - needing at least one victory and perhaps having botched the chance to meet the Black Caps, seen as the weaker of the four likely finalists, in a semifinal.

After the loss against Pakistan, England had won three matches on the bounce and it looked as if they would steamroll their way through to the semis, but the team made some unusual moves in the match against Sri Lanka. Both pacers picked three wickets each and while Archer gave away 52 runs in his 10 overs, Wood bowled 8 and conceded 40.

Sri Lanka are just two points behind third-placed England, who still have Australia, India and New Zealand - the other three sides in the top four - to play in the battle for semi-final spots.

"You look at the basics of a run chase".

"We are going to lose games in the group stages". So that is why I said to him, if you want to go home and come back that is fine. "We need to go back to the process that has taken us to being a strong side in the world", Morgan added.

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"We will keep focusing on that match, if we can win that we will plan for the next game".

However, in the next match again when they had to bat second and the target was only 233, the team kept losing wickets at regular intervals and at the end were beaten by 20 runs. "So every single wicket is quite important because every single one could have salvaged a partnership that could win you the game", insisted Morgan.

"Naturally as a team we tend to come back strongly, that is our strong point".

"We have the semi-finals and the final and all of that to play for", he said.

That England didn't have the "right attitude" was damning, for all matches count under this pool system, used for the first time since 1992.

The game was won when Moeen Ali hit a six and he tried to hit another.

The 35-year-old pacie was given permission to return to Colombo to attend the funeral of his mother-in-law and returned in time to play the World Cup game against Australia.