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Marsh took the game away from us - Eoin Morgan

Marsh took the game away from us - Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (centre), opined that it was Mitchell Marsh's (right) quick-fire innings with the bat that made the difference in the second ODI against Australia at Lord’s.
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England captain, Eoin Morgan, opined that it was Mitchell Marsh's quick-fire innings with the bat that made the difference in the second One-Day International against Australia at Lord’s.

Marsh, who arrived at the crease with 10 overs left in the innings, scored 64 runs from 31 balls, smashing seven fours and three sixes in his knock.

In partnership with Shane Watson, Marsh helped Australia score 91 runs off the last 10 overs, taking the team total past 300 for the second consecutive time in the ongoing series.

Australia managed to bowl England out for 245 runs, but the 64-run victory was marred by a controversy after the third umpire upheld the appeal against Ben Stokes for obstruction of the field.

Despite disagreeing with the decision of the third umpire, Morgan failed to blame the loss on that single incident by conceding that England did not bowl well.

“I don’t think it (Stokes’ dismissal) was the winning and losing of the game.

“I think we probably let ourselves down early on with the ball, we weren’t disciplined enough.” 

Expressing that England failed to put the pressure on Australia towards the end, Morgan praised Marsh for his flamboyant innings.

“I think it (the pitch) offered a small bit, not a great deal but a small bit that if we’d made early inroads it might have put more pressure on Australia and from there they built a really good one-day innings.

“So from the back-end where Mitchell Marsh took the game away from us, probably got 25 too many.” 

England, who started the chase well, were positioned at 116 for two at the end of the 20th over, but lost a few quick wickets, thereby losing momentum.

Crediting Australia for executing their plans well, Morgan expressed that it was important for England to come back into the series quickly.

“Again we got off to a good start with the bat and Australia asked the same questions of us that they asked in the Rose Bowl and we didn’t come up with a good enough answer.

“They certainly have a well drilled plan of how they go about their one-day cricket and it’s very good.

“We have to come up with some answers, certainly as soon as we can.” 

Marsh, who was the Man-of-the-match in the second ODI, revealed that the Australia was putting special focus on getting more runs from the lower order.

"I think that's something that we've been really growing as a team over the last 18 months, our last 15 overs.

"We've all worked extremely hard and we're focused on that in the lower order."

Admitting that he was going too hard at the ball in the first ODI, Marsh felt that his decision to dial it down paid dividends in the second game.

"I think I was think I was swinging too hard to be brutally honest.

"I just thought I'd ease back a bit today and it came off pretty nicely."

Despite taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, Australia are currently in a spot of bother as two of their players, David Warner and Watson, have picked up injuries in the Lord's ODI.

With Warner already ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing ODI series with a fractured thumb, Australia are sweating on Watson’s fitness as the 34-year-old will undergo scans on his injured calf. 

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