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England players are hungry to learn - Eoin Morgan

England players are hungry to learn - Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (left) had a poor tour of South Africa after scoring just 112 runs in the seven games.
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England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan stated that the players are keen to keep learning and improving their game despite the setback suffered in the series defeats against South Africa.

The England Test side made a statement by defeating South Africa in the four-match series but the limited overs side succumbed to series defeats in both the One-Day Internationals and the Twenty20 Internationals.

In the ODI series, England won the first two games but lost the remaining three whereas they were completely outplayed by South Africa in the T20I series.

Post the group stage exit in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, England have turned a new leaf and have adopted an aggressive style of play which has seen them win series against New Zealand and Pakistan.

However, at the same time, the team has not been able to be consistent and have lost series against Australia and South Africa.

Stating that it was good to be tested by a strong team like South Africa, Morgan has stressed on the importance of bouncing back from the series losses.

Furthermore, Morgan is quite optimistic about England’s chances in the upcoming World T20 as the players are very eager to learn from their mistakes and improve as a side.

“We have to take the good with the bad,” Morgan told Sky Sports.

“We are a very young and exciting team who on our day can beat any side in the world but we might also have a blip along the way with inexperience we have.

“When you are winning all the time you don’t always appreciate it but now we are being tested so it is a good stage for us - how we come back from it is more important than anything.

“We were so far behind the eight ball at the previous World Cup that we have so much ground to make up as we try and play a brutal way, like South Africa do with bat and ball, and win a world tournament.

“We just haven’t been good enough over the last few games and haven’t deserved to win but we talk about it all the time and guys are hungry to learn, which is a good sign, so we are optimistic ahead of the World T20.”

In the second T20I on Sunday, England started off really well with the bat and zoomed ahead to post 150 for three at the end of 16 overs with Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler going great guns.

Despite having a chance to press for a big total, England capitulated and went on to lose their last seven wickets for just 14 runs, capping off a spectacular batting collapse.

There was no respite with the ball as AB de Villiers smashed the fastest T20I fifty by a South African and Hashim Amla too followed it up with a brisk fifty of his own to chase down the target of 172 runs in 14.4 overs.

Terming the defeat as a "brutal day", Morgan went on to defend his decision of fielding seven batsmen with just three front-line bowlers and Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes as the all-rounders.

“It was a pretty brutal day.

“It started pretty well, we were in a commanding position and it looked like we could get 180, 190 or even 200 if Buttler hit his straps but then it fell away - our strategy was right but the execution of our skills was poor.

“We wanted to bat deep but also wanted to put it in the bowler’s hands with just five of them and Joe Root as the sixth.

“I don’t think it would have made much difference unless we had a chinaman or a leg-spinner to give us variations on such a good wicket.”

England will now head to India where they will play two practice matches in Mumbai on 12th and 14th March, prior to starting their campaign in the ICC World T20 with the game against West Indies on the 16th.

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