Morgan: New Zealand too good


Published: Friday 20th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Captain Eoin Morgan admitted England were simply unable to cope with the swinging ball after New Zealand exposed grave fears over their World Cup hopes in Wellington.

England were whipped out for 123 as Tim Southee produced a vintage display of swing bowling to return seven for 33 – the best figures by a New Zealand bowler in one-day internationals.

The Black Caps then raced to the target in just 12.2 overs, on the back of Brendon McCullum’s whirlwind 77 from 25 balls.

“Credit goes to them. It was probably the best bowling display we’ve come across since we’ve been down this side of the world, which says a lot because we’ve played against Australia,” Morgan said.

“Today we couldn’t cope with it.”

England lost their last seven wickets for just 19 runs to post their lowest ever total at a World Cup on foreign soil. Their capitulation came after Morgan had won the toss and elected to bat under a cloudless sky.

“With the benefit of hindsight I wouldn’t have won the toss and batted,” he said.

“If I had of known it was going to swing for that long, we batted for 35 overs, and it swung throughout.

“The only thing that occurred to me this morning was that there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it hadn’t rained here for a while. If it looks like it’s going to swing obviously I have no worries in bowling first because that’s our biggest strength. In the first 10 overs if we can take three or four wickets we’re right in the game.

“Everything about today said bat and I got it wrong.”

England have now suffered two wide-margin defeats to start their World Cup after they were swept aside by Australia by 111 runs at the MCG last Saturday.

“These first two games we said were going to be difficult games playing against the two favourites in their home conditions but we shouldn’t be beaten by this amount,” Morgan said.

“There’s no way. Maybe today we were out-skilled but certainly the first game we played against Australia we were way below par.”

Asked to explain why he thought England have been so far off the pace at the tournament – after they had prepared for the World Cup by reaching the Tri-Series final – Morgan said: “I can’t. We are not doing our basics right. We are not reproducing what we practice.

“We envisaged a future of having lost our first two games but not by this amount.

“We can still make the quarter-finals, but the sooner the better we start winning and getting momentum into our next games.”

England have just two days to pick up the pieces of this defeat with a potential banana skin contest against Scotland awaiting them in Christchurch.

“Things are pretty quiet at the moment as naturally they are going to be,” Morgan said.

“We’re very disappointed. Over the next day or so everyone will look at themselves individually and how they can improve for the game against Scotland. I think collectively we’re going to have to get tighter as a group and produce collective performances that we’ve been searching for.”

England must also decide during the next couple of days whether they must make changes after they retained an unchanged line-up in Wellington.

“Certainly I don’t want to go into a state of panic where we make three or four changes in the one game,” Morgan said.

“That’s certainly not what I’m about. I’ve always believed in making good decisions and backing the right players at the right time.

“At the moment we have a squad of players where any of them can play, but the XI that played today I believed were the best to win today’s game.

“Given conditions if they change down in Christchurch we’ll change plans accordingly but just because we were outperformed today doesn’t necessarily mean I’m binning anybody for Monday.”

Published: Friday 20th February 2015 by The News Editor

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