Friday 18 January 2013 

Morgan Keen For England To Learn From Past Errors

Morgan Keen For England To Learn From Past Errors
Morgan Keen For England To Learn From Past Errors
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Ahead of the third One-Day International in Ranchi, England batsman and sometime stand-in captain Eoin Morgan believes his side must avoid repeating the errors that saw them beaten in India in 2011.

Morgan missed the 5-0 thrashing that year due to a shoulder injury but has urged the team to learn from the mistakes made on previous tours.

England won the opening game in Rajkot by nine runs but then slumped to a 127-run defeat in Kochi in the second game, leaving the series level at 1-1 with three games remaining.

"The only blip we have had since Alastair (Cook) took over as captain was the last trip we had here and we learnt a lot of lessons from that," Morgan told the England & Wales Cricket Board website (www.ecb.co.uk).

"When we were here last we went away from our principles of taking the emotion out of the game and concentrating on what we do best: concentrating on us as a team and our strengths and not getting distracted by other things."

In a country where cricketers - of any nation - are seen as superstars, it is easy to see how players might get distracted with huge crowds attending matches but also surrounding the team hotel and turning up in numbers to welcome them to Ranchi.

"It is certainly different to what we are used to playing back in England," Morgan said. "Cricket in this country is huge; it is indescribably big. Everything that surrounds it is fanatical. Even the trip from the airport to the hotel seeing the streets lined like that just for a team turning up was amazing."

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hails from Ranchi but even returning to his home state has not stopped a barrage of criticism coming his way following a string of poor results, including England's Test series win and a 2-1 home reverse at the hands of Pakistan before England's arrival.

Morgan believes that whoever holds the job of Indian captain will be under pressure but Ranchi might just bring out the best in Dhoni.

"I think he is always going to be under pressure. He is the captain of India. He has 1.2 billion people on his shoulders. He is a captain of a massive nation. The pressure is always going to be there. Being back in his home town might even give him some more pride to play for," he added.

Although Dhoni has copped criticism, on the field he has not let it affect his game, scoring 32 in 25 balls in the first match and then 72 in 66 in Kochi.

© Cricket World 2013

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