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by Andrew Wood Monday 15 February 2016
England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan is disappointed that his team was not able to seize on the opportunities to defeat South Africa in the recently concluded One-Day International series.
Having taken an early 2-0 lead by winning the first two games, England had a good opportunity to secure an ODI series win against South Africa.
However, the Proteas fought back remarkably to win the remaining three games in the series and went on to secure a 3-2 victory against England.
Morgan admitted that England were outplayed by South Africa and stated that they were not good enough to grab the chances that came their way.
“I don’t think we did enough," Morgan told SkySports.
“We were outplayed here today.
“We did have chances in previous games to wrap up the series, but we weren’t good enough.
“The opportunities would have been executed if we had more experience in the side, but we’re growing and learning.
“We pushed them so hard even though we underperformed.
“We started with the ball exceptionally well, but it just wasn’t enough.”
In the fourth ODI in Johannesburg, England had South Africa eight down for 210 runs in a chase of 263 runs but an enthralling cameo from Chris Morris took the game away from the visitors.
Early in his innings, Morris was dropped by Adil Rashid while batting on 16 and the 28-year-old made the reprieve count as he smashed 62 runs from just 38 balls to put South Africa on course for a series-leveling win.
Despite the series loss, Morgan is looking at England’s growth since the 2015 Cricket World Cup debacle and is confident of the potential of the ODI squad.
“It was a very close series throughout.
“We probably let ourselves down with the bat in the last couple of games; we were 40 or 50 short on both occasions.
“We’ve got a really exciting side; we’ve come on a lot since the World Cup last year.
“We’ve played some exciting cricket against some top opposition and we’re still learning as a squad and we’ve lost to a really tough South Africa side here.”
England will now play South Africa in a two-match Twenty20 International series starting on 19th February in Cape Town.
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