Abu Dhabi - Captain Eoin Morgan praised
rookie paceman Reece Topley but said England needed to take a serious look at
their batting after they were thumped by Pakistan to go 1-0 down in the
four-match one-day international series.
After England struggled to 216 all out,
Pakistan romped to a convincing, six-wicket win in Abu Dhabi in what proved a
rousing farewell to Younis Khan, who was playing his last ODI.
Lanky paceman Mohammad Irfan rocked England
with a wicket off the second ball of the game before finishing with 3-35 in his
Morgan admitted the batting had let England
down after the captain (76) and James Taylor (60) lifted the tourists from 14-3
to 147 before they lost four wickets in the space of 32 balls.
"We were looking at a minimum of 250
but getting there obviously wasn't easy on this type of wicket. We have to
reassess that quickly," Morgan said.
"Probably after 20 overs, the ball
started to hold up and grip more than it did in the previous few overs."
Pakistan also wobbled at 41-3 before opener
Mohammad Hafeez hit a brilliant, match-winning 102 not out to help his team
overhaul the target in 43.4 overs.
"I think probably the big positive was
having Pakistan at the same position at the halfway mark, and credit to the
bowlers to get us in that position," said Morgan, praising Topley who
grabbed 3-26 in his second ODI.
"He is a big asset for long-term. He
is certainly somebody that we are looking at to nurture, particularly with his
white-ball skills and he is very good for a 21-year-old," said Morgan.
Hafeez said Pakistan wanted to win the
match for veteran batsman Younis, who retired from one-day cricket after the
"We were pumped up for Younis and
although it was a shock for us to know that he was retiring but we want to give
him the gift of a win and everyone chipped in," said Hafeez.
Younis finished his ODI career with 7,249
runs in 265 matches.
Hafeez, who also hit 151 in the third Test
in Sharjah as Pakistan clinched a 2-0 Test series win, said he was happy to
stay in the runs.
"I am happy that I am contributing in
Pakistan's wins and everything is going well for me," said Hafeez.
The remaining matches will be played in
Sharjah (November 17) and Dubai (November 20), ahead of a three-match Twenty20