Matthew Hoggard believes England’s inability to adapt to adverse conditions is stopping the team from dominating one-day cricket.
Eoin Morgan’s side were knocked out of the recent Champions Trophy at the semi-final stage by eventual winners Pakistan.
England cruised through the group stage – thrashing Bangladesh, New Zealand and Australia – but came unstuck on a slow Cardiff wicket against underdogs Pakistan.
The hosts were bowled out for just 211 and Pakistan made lightwork of the chase, knocking off the runs for the loss of only two wickets.
Speaking after the humbling defeat, Morgan bemoaned his side’s failure to adapt to the demands of a used Cardiff pitch, saying: ‘We left ourselves short, adapting to conditions.
‘It’s a big frustration, because I think we’ve played some great cricket in this tournament – and we weren’t anywhere close to it here.’
Hoggard, who took 248 Test wickets, was full of praise for Pakistan but felt England’s naivety on certain surfaces was exposed once again.
He told Metro.co.uk: ‘You listen to Eoin Morgan after the game, he said we didn’t adapt properly.
‘Well, we knew we was going to be playing at Cardiff on a used wicket… So why didn’t we adapt?
‘That’s what stopping England from being on top of the world at the moment. They’ve got the ability to go on but they need to learn to play on all surfaces.
‘We struggled in India and now on a slow wicket in Cardiff – that’s what setting us back at the minute.
‘Also, if you look at the South Africa series (which England won 2-1 last month), they had two fantastic games and then a game where they didn’t turn up – so they can put in the odd bad performance.’
After dismantling pre-tournament favourites England, Pakistan stunned rivals India with a 180-run win at the Oval to lift the trophy.
Former England bowler Hoggard was surprised by the outcome but insists Pakistan were deserved winners after peaking at exactly the right time.
‘It was a great tournament,’ the 40-year-old, who starred in the infamous 2005 Ashes series, added. ‘What a team to win it!
‘Who would have thought at the start of the tournament that Pakistan would have come out on top?
‘But saying that, I don’t think you can rule anybody out in one-day cricket, especially a team as talented as Pakistan. We all know that when they turn up, they play exceedingly good cricket.
‘They turned up at the right time and put in the performances which meant they absolutely deserved it in the end.’
Matthew Hoggard was speaking ahead of the 2017 Royal London One-Day Cup Final which takes place between Nottinghamshire and Surrey at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Saturday the 1st July. Tickets are priced from £30 for adults and just £5 for under-16s and are available to buy online now – www.lords.org/final