South Africa v England, 2nd T20, Johannesburg February 21, 2016

Morgan refuses to panic after defeats

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England's bowlers had no answer to the South Africa onslaught © Getty Images

Eoin Morgan said England had to learn quickly from their mistakes ahead of the World T20 as they ended their tour of South Africa with a fifth successive limited-overs defeat.

England slumped from a promising position to be bowled out for 171 in Johannesburg, losing their last seven wickets for 14 runs in 20 deliveries. South Africa then blasted their way to a nine-wicket win with more than five overs to spare, with Morgan calling the bowling performance their "worst on tour".

Having won their previous six T20s before the series with South Africa, Morgan said the team knew there would be days when things didn't come together but back-to-back defeats would not be cause for panic.

"I don't think it's a huge setback," Morgan said. "I think the mistakes we made today were pretty simple, as towards the end of the one-day series and the first Twenty20 - they all had to do with the basics of the game.

"The collapse towards the end of our innings, we had the right plan, but our execution was pretty poor.

"The bowling started poorly again, and we couldn't claw it back. The bowling display, certainly at the start, has been our worst on the tour."

England had made a change to their line-up after a last-ball defeat in Cape Town on Friday, bringing in Sam Billings to bolster the batting, but their three-man seam attack could do little to slow South Africa as AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla put on 125 for the first wicket, including 88 off the six-over Powerplay.

"Once you allow guys like AB de Villiers to come in and take the game to you ... he can really punish you - and he did," Morgan said.

"We've been quite lucky with this team. We've had very few setbacks, and knew we would have them at some stage. It's more important that we regroup, and learn from this as much as we can. The first point of reference is our basics ... they have let us down."

Defeat meant England conceded both limited-overs series to South Africa, having led 2-0 in the ODIs with three to play.

"The majority of me feels we didn't deserve to win," Morgan said, "we haven't really taken our chance to hurt the opposition in either the one-dayers or Twenty20s."

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  • Paulo on February 23, 2016, 8:40 GMT

    To be honest my opinion of England in limited overs cricket has stayed the same after this. We have a very dangerous side, who can beat anyone on their day. We can claim to have one of the most destructive batting line-ups in limited overs cricket, the likes of Hales, Buttler, Root, Morgan etc being a match for anyone. But the inconsistency of the batting is a major problem, while I feel the bowling just isn't good enough to win the WT20. They will have good days but I feel that England's success depends on the batting going big. We just haven't been able to replace that fantastic bowling unit of 2010.

    However come the WT20, the usual problems arise. 1. A lot of our players don't play enough T20 at domestic or international level 2. Batting vs spin will once again likely be a big issue

  • Rue on February 23, 2016, 5:29 GMT

    What this England team needs is an experienced world class batsman who has played loads of T20 cricket, who could bat at four? Hmmmmm it's tricky, but I TRUST that Strauss and his cronies might find someone, it's not too late!

  • Kevin on February 22, 2016, 21:21 GMT

    England need to be proactive in their bowling, especially in India. Why do we never use a spinner in the power play? Everything about the bowling is predictable. The coaches need to get all bowlers executing their bowling with variation and surprise. Where are the slower ball bouncers by the quicks? It seems that we approach yet another World tournament unsure of personnel and tactics. I am still dumbfounded as to why Dawson was not blooded in South Africa. There was no "official" squad so he could have been selected. Roy is surely a luxury we cannot afford in Indian if he cannot succeed in South Africa. I have said many times on here that Root must open...his technique is far more suited to the power play as he is more correct. Whereas in the later overs he struggles to accelerate when those with higher strike rates are waiting in the wings. It probably has been too long a tour prior to a WC, but think we should still be playing competitive cricket up to the tournament, like others.

  • Jim on February 22, 2016, 20:42 GMT

    @OccidentalObserver. You're not being objective! SA only won the first T20 vs Eng because Eng messed up. SA won the 2nd largely through the genius of AB, and again because Eng messed up. At the World T20, we can assume that the opposition won't always mess up, so where will SA be then?

  • AJ on February 22, 2016, 19:23 GMT

    Morgan will say the same after WT20 defeat. You dump players like Wright and KP then this result is obvious

  • Jim on February 22, 2016, 18:49 GMT

    @3Lions_RIP. You are entitled to your opinion, but please get your facts right. Last time Eng played Aus at T20 (2015), England won. Last time Eng played Ind (2014), England won. In fact Eng won ALL its games - 100% - for nearly 2 years until this recent series.

  • Cricinfouser on February 22, 2016, 17:52 GMT

    it's not only about the "worst bowling on tour". but also its matters about their bits

  • Russell on February 22, 2016, 17:21 GMT

    I don't understand Morgan's logic here. He says they keep making mistakes in the basics of the game...but it's not a big set-back? Surely if you're repeatedly making mistakes in the basics then that that IS a cause for concern? Time for Bayliss to start earning his corn. We have the talent, especially in the batting, to take on any team. These batting collapses have to stop if we're to stand any chance

  • markbrop on February 22, 2016, 17:08 GMT

    CandD-Ski: "we don't have time to give! The World Cup is next month!! Get Pietersen in, win the cup, and allow the youngsters to "develop" afterwards. "

    Do you think Strauss actually cares about winning the World Cup?

  • Inam on February 22, 2016, 16:53 GMT

    First t20 was close anybody's game at that point, 2nd t20 England lost it way with morgan unfortunate wicket, one have to credit AB he can be handful against any attack the way he was dispatching good balls to boundaries was amazing, if England have par score then it could be different ball game, AB just took that game away and some times that is what it takes one man, Butler is doing it other teams quite often now he almost did in this game too. England top order is explosive but the lower order have to cash in on good starts.

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