New Zealand v England, Group A, Wellington February 20, 2015

Could not cope with NZ - Morgan


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Morgan: Batting first was wrong decision

Eoin Morgan has admitted England were "out-skilled" and "exposed" by New Zealand as they suffered another crushing World Cup defeat.

Morgan, the England captain, accepted his side paid the price for "not doing our basics right" after they lost their last seven wickets for just 19 runs. In terms of balls remaining, it equalled the biggest defeat in England's ODI history. It left them bottom of the Group A table and in danger of failing to qualify for the quarter-finals.

While Morgan credited New Zealand and Tim Southee, in particular, for an outstanding display in the field, he said England had performed well below expectation. England also lost their first game, against Australia, by 111 runs.

Eoin Morgan said England has been "exposed" by how well New Zealand played © ICC

"We were out-skilled," Morgan said. "We are not doing our basics well and we are being exposed by good teams. We have seen that here.

"These first two games, against Australia and New Zealand, we knew they would be difficult. We are playing against two of the favourites in their home conditions. We envisaged a possibility of losing our first two games. But not by these amounts.

"Credit has to be given to New Zealand for the way they bowled and fielded. It is the best bowling performance we have come across since we've been down this side of the world, which says a lot considering we have played against Australia. Today we could not cope with it. The ball swung late and they exposed us."

Morgan also conceded that he may have erred in batting first after winning the toss. On a light brown pitch, under a cloudless sky, he felt conditions were ideal for batting, but was surprised at the length of time New Zealand managed to make the ball swing.

"With hindsight I wouldn't have batted first if I had known it would swing for that long", he said. "There was not a cloud in the sky and it had not rained here for a while. If it looked like it was going to swing obviously I would have had no hesitation in bowling first because that is our biggest strength.

"Everything today said bat and I just got it wrong. It swung throughout and they managed to build pressure. Credit goes to them."

But while Morgan accepted his side had under-performed, he cautioned against over-reacting. England play Scotland in Christchurch on Monday knowing they have to win.

"My gut instinct is I don't want to go into a state of panic where we make three or four changes for one game," Morgan said. "That is not what I am about. I have always believed in making good decisions and backing the right players at the right time. The eleven we had playing today were the best I believed we had to win the game.

"If conditions change in Christchurch then we will plan accordingly. But just because we were out-performed today does not necessarily mean we will be binning anybody.

"We have to turn things around quickly. We can still make the quarter-finals, but the sooner we start winning and getting momentum the better. In the first game against Australia we were under par and I could see us being tentative, but here we were out-skilled."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • rob on February 20, 2015, 22:37 GMT

    An AndroidUser said "One positive from England's performance is the coaching video on how not to bowl". Another positive is that they're showing their environmental awareness by not forcing the floodlights to be fired up. Very sound ecological thinking that.

  • John on February 20, 2015, 22:12 GMT

    In a shock move to resurrect England's fortunes in the World Cup after an embaressing thumping, the squad has been completely overhauled. The new squad will be: 1. Kevin Pietersen, 2. Harry Potter, 3. Thomas Tank Engine, 4. Paddington Bear, 5. Frodo Baggins, 6. Ozzy Osborne, 7. Prince Charles, 8. Mr. Bean (c), 9. Jeremy Clarkson, 10. Noddy, 11. Bridget Jones. Coach; Lord Voldemort. Though it might raise some eyebrows to see non-professional players take the field in a Cricket World Cup, it is believed that they could scarcely do worse.

  • ajith on February 20, 2015, 16:05 GMT

    2 done, 4 to go. won't be long now. lose against sl and ban possibly. wins against the other two, again, hopefully. not a good time to be a fan of united nations. :)

  • saileshvajjha on February 20, 2015, 15:53 GMT

    England are in danger or not making to QF. If Aus Vs Ban match is washed out and bangladesh wins against scotland then bangladesh has got real chance of making it to QF. England on the other hand has to win against scotland,bangladesh and Afg asssmuning that they will lose to srilanka in all fairness every match being a must win for them.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2015, 15:39 GMT

    WOW what a performance, what impressed me most was their fielding, simply phenomenon...I wonder why NZ in this tournament is being referred as the dark horse? Surely that title must go to Zimbabwe or Ireland . Anyhow, this is my prediction and like many in here, it's going to be an SA / NZ final with India and Australia as the other semi finalist and now for something completely different....Pakistan performance, I would say is in par with the West Indies, Ireland and Zimbabwe, however, Pak batting 'Net Run Rate' is likely to let them down and perhaps buy them a ticket back home, unless they realize the danger in time and drop Useless Younis , play four seamers and get rid off Wanker Younis as coach( after the WC).

    because the is even worse than UAE

    so really it's anybody's game for the

  • Sean on February 20, 2015, 15:07 GMT

    Any Indian fans hoping for a miracle? remember that Ind lost to 'this' Eng side twice in Aus recently, Some of the Eng players were not even interested in playing this match - as though they are confident of winning against other sides and making it to the QFs!! Not the way to play in World Cup.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2015, 14:39 GMT

    I think he was right to bat first, but the batting just isn't good enough, and the order doesn't help.

  • Android on February 20, 2015, 13:52 GMT

    One positive from England's performance is the coaching video on how not to bowl. Someone with Finns height should not be bowling half trackers.

  • Steve on February 20, 2015, 13:36 GMT

    I am really surprised by Eng's capitulation against swing. After all, aren't all their batsmen born and brought up in those conditions? I think Eng started the tournament in a negative mode when the captain himself says he envisaged losses against Aus and NZ even before playing. Eng definitely need change in personnel and a captain, if possible, for the rest of the WC.

  • Keaton Bizzaca on February 20, 2015, 13:00 GMT

    Morgan said "i believe in making good decisions " as opposed to believing in naking bad ones - what an oracle

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