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by Andrew Wood Sunday 13 September 2015
England's stand-in captain James Taylor credited Australia for bowling well in the series-deciding fifth One-Day International at Old Trafford, which the hosts lost by eight wickets.
With Australia putting on a superlative bowling display, England folded out for just 138 runs, which the visitors chased down in less than 25 overs, thereby winning the series 3-2.
Taylor took over the captaincy duty after Eoin Morgan received a blow on the helmet from a Mitchell Starc bouncer, forcing him to leave the ground with a concussion.
Commenting about Morgan’s injury, Taylor said: “He (Morgan) obviously received a serious blow from Mitchell Starc.
“He is a bit groggy and got concussed.
“Hopefully, he rests well over the next week.”
Taylor observed that England were hurt the most by losing wickets at regular intervals which prevented them from putting a challenging total on the board.
"A lot of credit has to go to the way Australia bowled first up - they bowled really well and got those crucial early wickets.
"Obviously the way Morgie (Morgan) had to depart was unfortunate but I think that cost us and then we lost clumps of wickets, which you can't afford to do against the world champions."
England won the toss and opted to bat first on the Old Trafford wicket which seemed to assist the seamers early in the game.
Taylor refused to blame the wicket for the defeat by stating that Australia were able to make the better use of the conditions than England.
"It was probably a better wicket.
“It obviously nipped around and swung early.
“Like I said, they bowled really well and it didn't quite spin as much as we probably thought it would.”
Despite the series defeat, England’s turn around following a dismal 2015 World Cup is one of the most happening topics in world cricket right now.
With an exciting young squad of players, England have managed to turn things around by adopting a positive approach towards the game.
Giving his views on the season, Taylor credited England for playing excellent cricket and wished that the team can carry forward what they started this summer.
"There's some exceptionally talented boys across England both with bat and ball.
“We've put the world champions under a serious amount of pressure this series.
“Unfortunately we couldn't quite take it on in this last game.
"It has been a brilliant summer, full stop.
“Both in Test cricket and in one-day cricket the boys have played some top-class cricket and hopefully that can continue.
“It is really exciting to be part of it."
England's upcoming Test challenge will be in spin friendly conditions in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan, who boast of a quality spin-bowling attack.
Nevertheless, Taylor remained confident that England have the players in their ranks to tackle the challenges in the UAE.
"Yeah definitely, we've got some brilliant players of spin.
“Now, (with) the exciting brand of cricket we're playing, we'll be taking it to the boys in the UAE.”
The England selectors will announce the squad for the UAE tour on Tuesday and Taylor is hoping that he can be a part of the side.
“Fingers crossed (for the selection), but hopefully we can carry on the form that they guys have taken into this summer and hopefully we can do that again (in the UAE).”
England’s tour to UAE will consist of three Test matches, four ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals which will be played between 13th October and 30th November.
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