Not the time to rethink – Morgan

Published: Monday 15th June 2015 by The News Editor

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There may come a time when England decide to temper their new aggressive approach – but Eoin Morgan insists it has yet to arrive.

The hosts, who took an early lead in the Royal London Series after making a national-record 408 for nine six days ago, find themselves 2-1 down with two to play after Sunday’s three-wicket defeat at the Ageas Bowl.

There, they failed to bat out their full 50 overs but still topped 300 for a third successive time – a sequence never previously achieved by England in one-day international cricket.

New Zealand prevailed after Kane Williamson (118) and Ross Taylor (110) shared a record double-century stand for the third wicket.

Morgan, one of three batsmen to top 50 for England, is nonetheless convinced his team is on the right track to ensure last winter’s World Cup embarrassments do not resurface.

Asked if there may ever be a situation when discretion might be advisable, he said: “Yes, there is – absolutely.

“But we’re trying to get as much natural ability out of the new guys, and those around them, as we can.

“I think, as early as we are into changing things, at the moment there’s no need for it [a rethink] – unless things go drastically wrong.

“But they haven’t – and guys are really enjoying playing the way we are.”

England then will press on, for the most part, with their new-found adventure.

Their captain is certainly not about to admonish them for losing their last five wickets in a heap for 15 runs.

“From time to time, it will (happen),” he said.

“It’s not a huge thing for me that we have to bat 50 overs; it doesn’t disappoint me.”

More important to the him is that England are not spooked into retreat by a three-wicket setback.

“We’re trying to change our process and mind-set with the bat – which may take time,” Morgan said.

“We’ve come a long way in the last three games, scoring 300 plus in each of them – which is a huge achievement, and a big turnaround.

“I want the guys to continue with that mind-set, and not worry about batting 50 overs.

“I think that makes guys hesitate and question their natural way of playing. I don’t want that to happen.”

Instead, he believes frailties in the field – Taylor was dropped three times – were most costly.

“We sort of carried on from where we were at the Oval,” the batsman said.

“We made mistakes (in the field) there, and there’s very little time to turn it around.

“We’ve two days till the next game, and will sit down and have a chat.

“Maybe it’s a change of the way we’re thinking, or how calm the guys are … we will have to have a talk about it.”

:: England are expected to name a replacement on Monday for Liam Plunkett, their second seamer after Chris Jordan to succumb to injury and have to miss the remainder of the series.

Published: Monday 15th June 2015 by The News Editor

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