Morgan frustrated by mathematics

Published: Saturday 13th June 2015 by The News Editor

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England move on to Southampton all square in the Royal London Series, and with much to ponder after their near miss against New Zealand at The Oval.

Eoin Morgan had to temper his disappointment, at losing out in a Duckworth-Lewis finish, with another highly encouraging display from his developing team.

England remained committed to their new era of attacking one-day international cricket, and it very nearly paid off as they made their highest ever total in a run chase.

After D/L had recalculated the task for eighth-wicket pair Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid, from 54 required in 37 balls to 34 in 13, England fell 13 short on a nonetheless admirable 365 for nine.

Ross Taylor’s man-of-the-match 119 not out, and Kane Williamson’s 93, therefore ensured the Kiwis’ 398 for five was enough to level the series score at 1-1 with three to play.

Reflecting on a disappointing outcome but heartening performance, Morgan made clear he did not feel England had been favoured by D/L.

“It’s a huge ask, probably not only to chase down 399 but to have 34 to chase in 13 balls – given we set it up so deep, and the guys were in and momentum was with us,” he said.

“I think, as the game evolves – particularly as much as it has done in 50-over cricket – Duckworth-Lewis could certainly be looked at.

“Personally, I think it will change over time.

“Potentially that could be looked at – but we were glad to get back out there and get a result. There’s nothing more frustrating than rain ending the game.”

In the bigger picture, Morgan still has plenty to smile about after England followed their record-breaking 408 for nine at Edgbaston three days earlier with another demonstration of their ability.

“We’re enjoying playing this brand of cricket,” he said.

“The guys can play it naturally, and it’s not such a big deal.

“We’ve a very young group. So there’s a huge amount of potential and talent to work with.

“That’s great for any captain.”

Morgan’s 88 from only 47 balls helped put England on course, before numbers eight and nine continued the chase in a thrilling run-fest.

Asked about the importance of batting so deep, Morgan added: “We’ve identified that as a huge strength of ours, and that was part of selection for this side.

“We like to think we’re never out of the game – and if we are, we’re going down swinging.”

England expect to discover on Saturday afternoon the extent of Chris Jordan’s side injury after he was unable to complete his 10-over allotment.

Morgan did not sound optimistic about the seamer’s prospects of being fit to play at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday.

“Sides are funny ones with bowlers. You don’t know quite how bad it is until the can comes through.

“But he’s going to be in doubt.”

New Zealand will be without their injured all-rounder Corey Anderson for the remainder of the series, one in which their captain Brendon McCullum knows it will be a tough battle to get the better of England.

He said: “Four hundred should be plenty, but England are playing a completely different brand of cricket now.

“Neither team deserved to lose, and the weather probably helped us a bit.”

Published: Saturday 13th June 2015 by The News Editor

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