After Stuart Lancaster's England team departed its own Rugby Union World Cup in ignominious fashion in the group stages back in 2015, battle-worn English sports fans must have prayed that the cricket team would restore pride in this, the next major tournament the country has hosted.
"The pitches that we've been playing on the last two years are surely the pitches we should be playing on in a World Cup", opener Jonny Bairstow said.
Pakistani fans cheer during the match.
In all likelihood, the team will still make it to the semi-finals, but three defeats from seven games have certainly made them a bit unsure of themselves.
Pakistan journalist Saj Sadiq posted a video of Ali making these comments on a TV show on Pakistan-based channel Ary News before Sarfaraz Ahmed's men defeated New Zealand by six wickets in Birmingham on Wednesday.
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As such, their net run rate is the second worst in the competition, whereas England's is now best.
That win moved Pakistan to within a point of England's increasingly precarious fourth position. Again their loss to Sri Lanka was another upset for them considering Sri Lanka's shattered form.
If it happens, Sri Lanka will end with a maximum of ten points but England will pip them on the number of wins (England will have five wins to Sri Lanka's four) while Pakistan and Bangladesh can end up with a maximum of nine points. If they happen to lose one of these two encounters, the host nation would have to expect divine intervention in other matches whereby either Pakistan or Bangladesh lose at least one of their two encounters.
It appears the portents are also in favour of Pakistan going deep at this World Cup, although that situation appeared fanciful in the extreme when Australia hammered Pakistan to the tune of 5-0 in the UAE back in March. They'll find a way of getting out of this rut which they're in. With comparatively easier matches against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh still to come, India should comfortably muster 15 points and sail through to the semi-finals - even if they lose to England.
Perhaps Sri Lanka could cause an upset?
Europe, and to a lesser extent England, is now sweltering through a week-long heatwave.