Morgan disappointed after loss

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Published: Saturday 17th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Eoin Morgan had little time to reflect on his first century since replacing Alastair Cook as one-day skipper as England slumped to defeat in Sydney.

Morgan hit 121 off 136 balls and his fine knock helped to lift England towards respectability after slumping to 33 for four, but it was not enough to stop Australia claiming a three-wicket victory.

The Australians were set a target of 235 and they reached that total with a massive 61 balls remaining as the hosts began their Tri-Series campaign in style.

”Overall I’m really disappointed,” Morgan said.

”We came into the game with a lot of good preparation under our belt and within the side we would have had a lot of expectation on ourselves, so we have a lot of disappointed guys in the changing room.

”We’re going to have to dust ourselves off and come back in four days (against India).

”There are certain positives we can take from the game but ultimately being four down so early has cost us.

”Simply, we weren’t good enough to adapt the wicket and play accordingly.

”They bowled well up front, but nothing that we shouldn’t be capable of dealing with.”

Mitchell Starc believes Australia’s win, which was enough to claim a bonus point, can help ”reopen a few scars” from last winter’s miserable Ashes tour.

England were whitewashed in the 2013-14 Test series and also lost both limited-overs legs, leaving Australia humiliated and downtrodden.

Starc may not have had a big part to play in England’s previous woes, but he started the rot this time by dismissing Ian Bell and James Taylor for ducks in the first over of the day.

”Hopefully we reopened a few scars,” said the left-arm paceman.

”They’re going to have to be out here for a few months now with this Tri-Series and the World Cup so there’s no better way to kick off our campaign than getting one above them.”

Starc, who finished with four for 42 and took man-of-the-match honours, added: ”I think we played really well with bat and ball, showed great intensity, and the only way to go is to try and improve on that.”

England next fly to Brisbane on Saturday before taking on the Indians at the Gabba on Tuesday.

Published: Saturday 17th January 2015 by The News Editor

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