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Eoin Morgan rues missed opportunity

Eoin Morgan gestures during England's 59-run defeat to Australia at The Rose Bowl
Eoin Morgan feels defeat at The Rose Bowl represented a missed opportunity for England against Australia
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England captain Eoin Morgan is ruing missing an opportunity to defeat Australia after his side succumbed to a 59-run defeat in the first One-day International in Southampton on Thursday.

Having reduced Australia to 193 for six, England failed to prevent Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh from putting on a 112-run partnership that saw Australia go past 300.

In the chase, England were comfortably positioned at 112 for one, but were quickly reduced to 194 for seven, after which there was no way back for the hosts.

Morgan feels that England failed to handle the chase properly, as they didn't manage to build on an excellent start from the top order.

“I thought if we had come out of that period where they did bowl well unscathed, we should have chased it down quite easily," he said.

“We got off to a fantastic start. Alex Hales and Jason Roy set the tone early and, when we get off to a start like that, we should be chasing down 305."

The Australian fast bowlers began striking regularly midway during the chase, denting the momentum that England had built at the start.

Morgan revealed his frustration at losing the game, but felt that there was no need to change the team’s approach towards the game after one defeat.

“I thought Australia defended the score pretty well and put us under the pump but I think we are a better side than that.

“It is frustrating, but I don’t want to take anything away from the way the guys play naturally.

“We have seen what they can do, we just want to see more of it.”

Just when a partnership was needed after the fall of wickets, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler fell to poor strokes, handing the match on a platter to Australia.

Morgan stated that the team will assess what went wrong, so that they can learn from the mistakes heading into the second ODI.

“We will look back at our plans and our execution of them and see how they look on replays and obviously try and improve them for Lord’s (on Saturday).

“But, certainly, at the start of the game, we would have taken that score (305).”

In the 2013 Ashes campaign, England won the urn, but Australia came back hard to beat the hosts 2-1 in the five-match ODI series.

And Morgan is aware that England will have to play at their best if they want to beat the 2015 World Cup winners.

“Australia are a very strong side and we will have to play very well to beat them.

“Today was an opportunity that has gone amiss but we are certainly looking forward to Lord’s.

“The games come thick and fast, we are excited about playing the world champions, and it is another opportunity.” 

The bright spot for England in the first game was the performance of Adil Rashid, who picked up four wickets for 59 runs from his 10 overs.

Praising Rashid for his performance, Morgan stated that he was very happy with the way the 27-year-old leg-spinner performed under pressure.

“Adil has come on leaps and bounds since the start of our summer.

“He bowled well in the New Zealand series, he has been working really hard at Yorkshire and, obviously, he has been in and around the Test team.

“For him to hold his nerve today against a very good batting line-up, I was very impressed.”

England will look to even the score line when they take on Australia at Lord’s for the second ODI, which will be played on 5th September.

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