Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2019

Cricket World Cup: England captain Eoin Morgan responds to Kevin Pietersen criticism | Cricket | Sport

England are in their first semi-final since 1992, having never won the World Cup.

They will face Australia at Edgbaston after struggling against the Aussies in the group stage.

Morgan was out softly in that clash, with Mitchell Starc taking his wicket with a short ball.

It drew criticism from Pietersen, who said Morgan was “scared” of the quick short ball.

But Morgan, who has shone at times with the bat this tournament, is not paying attention to the former England star.

“When Kevin Pietersen comes out with a comment, it’s very similar to comments I address from Geoffrey Boycott,” Morgan told BBC radio.

“They are not ones that are considered good for a team environment and don’t take the best interests of the team or the player at heart.

“Guys are trying their heart out to do well for their country, trying to learn, trying to get better.

“We have critics being critics. They need to do that, that’s their job, so let them be.

“I don’t think we could be better prepared going into the match. We’re extremely excited and looking forward to it.”

England made it into the semi-finals after beating India and New Zealand in their final two group matches.

The winner of today’s clash at Edgbaston will face New Zealand in Sunday’s final.

England have adopted an attacking mentality in one-day cricket in recent years.

And Morgan will not change tactics just because it’s a World Cup semi-final.

“The level of expectation in the side is to go and justify how we play as a team,” he added.

“If that means getting knocked out or winning the next game or winning the World Cup, I think the guys will be happy.

“Our strength is the way that we play and sticking to that, no matter how long we have left in the tournament, is important to us.”

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