Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

‘Mind-blowingly good’ England sweep aside India to reach T20 World Cup final

England reached the final (PA)
England reached the final (PA)

Former England captain Eoin Morgan hailed a “mind-blowingly good” performance by his former team-mates after watching them crush India to reach the T20 World Cup final.

Morgan, who retired from international cricket earlier this summer, led his side to glory in the 50-over tournament at Lord’s and knows exactly what it takes to win and lose the big moments in knockout cricket.

And he was taken aback at the dominant manner of England’s victory, sweeping high-quality opposition aside by 10 wickets and with four full overs unused.

Alex Hales (86no) and Morgan’s successor Jos Buttler (80no) hammered the ball to all parts of the Adelaide Oval to set up Sunday’s showpiece against Pakistan.

“It was absolutely mind-blowingly good, they made a very good Indian side look ordinary,” Morgan told Sky Sports.

“It was like a big boxing bout but at two different weight divisions. That’s how it felt with Buttler and Hales going bananas at the end.

Jos Buttler (left) and Alex Hales hit England to victory
Jos Buttler (left) and Alex Hales hit England to victory (PA)

“Against big players like Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli they out-thought them, out-executed them and made them look an average team.”

As England engaged in some hard-earned celebrations on the outfield, Morgan also took a moment to recollect a key intervention from his head coach Trevor Bayliss at the corresponding point in 2019.

“After our semi-final win against Australia we were cracking open the beers, talking about how good we were and Trevor hauled us in and said ‘families out for a minute’,” Morgan recalled.

“He said ‘this is why Australians don’t think England are any good. You think you’ve won something when you haven’t’.

“So it’s important to take time tonight to sit back and smell the roses, acknowledge how good they’ve been, then tomorrow draw a line under it.”

Another former England skipper, Nasser Hussain, took aim at India for failing to keep up with England’s aggressive approach at the top of the innings.

Despite a powerful batting card they crawled to 38 for one in the powerplay compared to 63 for nought when Buttler and Hales were at the crease.

India struggled with the bat
India struggled with the bat (PA)

Hussain said: “When you see England in the first six overs there is a glaring error (from India). Hales and Buttler are playing the way they are and India are still playing old-fashioned powerplay cricket.”

He suggested the huge expectation in the stands, and the millions of passionate fans watching at home, could be acting as an anchor on their ambitions.

He added: “Pressure is a good thing, crowds are a good thing, all the TV channels and the statistics…but it can weigh you down. Players go from hero to zero very quickly.”

Former England captain Nasser Hussain.
Nasser Hussain suggested India looked “old-fashioned” compared to England (Mike Egerton/PA)

Michael Atherton echoed Hussain’s view about England’s approach to exploiting the fielding restrictions and suggested it sent a stark warning to Pakistan.

“The game was won and lost at the start of each powerplay,” he said.

“India basically let England’s bowlers settle and – and you can argue it’s good bowling or cautious batting – but when England came out they did not let them settle. It was a huge contrast between the two teams.

“It kind of sends a message to the team you are about to play in the final.”