The question is now how England move on from their defeat to Pakistan, and for me it is essential that nobody panics or reads too much into one setback.

Pakistan, on their day, are as good as anybody in the world. They probably got a par score on a brilliant Trent Bridge pitch, and England made more mistakes than normal.

They were always that little bit behind the eight-ball. Our fielding is normally of an elite standard, but this was a first real off-day in that department for a while.

If you going to have such a day, it’s best to have it at this stage of the tournament. It never does anyone harm to have a little kick up the backside, a reminder to take nothing for granted.

For me, they’ve had one bad day in the field, nothing more. It is a game of very fine margins at this level – captain Eoin Morgan reckoned their sloppy fielding cost them 20 runs – and when you are trying to play at pace, and deal with the pressure of the game, mistakes happen. Even great players are human.

More often than not recently England have made those margins count in their favour. They must stick to the principles that have made them the team to beat in this form of the game.

As long as their work ethic is good, their attention to detail is there, they will bring it back round again – no question.

Pakistan, who were thrashed by West Indies before beating England, have once again demonstrated they are capable of going from the ridiculous to the sublime in the space of a few days.

What they have is very gifted cricketers. Mickey Arthur, the coach, is trying to create more of a cricket-hungry culture – making them physically fitter, more robust, and more in tune with doing the basics right, day-in, day-out.

Over the years they have been very inconsistent and it cannot help that they have to play away from home all the time. Arthur, though, has backed his judgement, gone back to experience and it has paid off for him. Look at the way the wily Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz made their mark on Monday.

He may not have thought it ideal to revert to those veterans, but sometimes you have to do what you need to do in order to win cricket matches, especially in tournaments.

If your Plan A isn’t quite clicking, being smart enough to go to Plan B and create belief in it can be all important.

Could you bank on Pakistan as contenders for the World Cup? They could prove us wrong, but I would say for them to get to a semi-final would be a brilliant achievement. They have the skill level, no question, but history says you have to question their potential to remain consistent over a long tournament.

As I’ve said, I don’t fear England coming off track because of one defeat. Their dedication, Morgan’s leadership and the overall standards they set brook no compromise.

They have massive strength in depth, everyone is settled in his role and each player has a record of making matchwinning contributions.

You wouldn’t pick anyone out as a talisman more than another. You can go through the line-up and find strength everywhere.

Among them, Jofra Archer is a very interesting customer. With the bat he can slog a few fours but it is his bowling that has the x-factor.

He is capable of doing what Shaun Pollock did – bowling two balls with an identical-looking action that can deliver different results. One can hit you half a yard quicker than the other.

Normally batsmen get visual cues, for instance in the way a bowler falls away, or how his front side drops. With Archer, though, every delivery looks the same. He reminds me of Winston Benjamin, who I played with at Leicestershire. He is a good athlete and makes it look easy. And his end product is top level.

We must, of course, remember to be patient with him and not expect fireworks every single game. He is a young man and there are lots of world class players out there. They are also playing on good, flat pitches and with a Kookaburra ball that doesn’t do much.

In reality, someone like Archer has 20 balls that are going to do something, and after that there isn’t going to be much swing and seam movement. These Kookaburra balls have tiny seams and it’s no secret why the amount of big scores in world cricket have increased.

That puts a premium on having a player with the ability to produce something from nothing. Archer has that and I’m sure we will see him make a real impact time and again.

There is talk of the pressure being on England as hosts, but I don’t particularly agree. This is a team that clearly relishes the place it is in. The players enjoy coming into work, they enjoy being challenged and enjoy the opportunity to make something special happen.

They see each game as the chance to express themselves. They have all built up great experience as part of a top-performing international side – other than Archer, and he has great experience from the Indian Premier League.

They have done it before, time and again – and, as they build up to Saturday against Bangladesh, we should be in no doubt that they will do it again when it matters.