England v West Indies, World T20 warm-up, Fatullah

England batting continues to stumble

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 18, 2014

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West Indies 132 for 3 (Gayle 58*) beat England 131 for 7 (Morgan 43*) by seven wickets

Eoin Morgan was the only England batsman to make any impression, England v West Indies, World T20 warm-up, Fatullah, March, 18, 2014
Eoin Morgan was the only England batsman to make a score of note in Fatullah © Getty Images
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England captain Eoin Morgan was forced to address more questions of England's batting after a miserable performance saw them swept aside by seven-wickets by West Indies in their opening World T20 warm-up.

Despite a new "solar red" kit, England, as they did in the Caribbean, lost wickets in the Powerplay and brought their middle order to the wicket sooner than they would have liked. England's top three were dismissed by the end of the sixth over and made only 45 runs between them.

"It did hurt us a bit," Morgan said. "It was tough to get going. Their spinners are high class, they take wickets early and we've struggled with that. We never really got any substantial partnerships going which was disappointing given the progress we made at the back end of the West Indies trip."

England ended their tour of the Caribbean with a victory in the final T20 but a change of scenery saw them relapse despite conditions that Morgan described as similar to the West Indies.

"The only difference is the bounce," he said. "There is similar turn and similar pace here but it doesn't go through. We know about the lower bounce out here and that's something we have to adjust to quickly. Hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later."

England set just 132 in Fatullah, a target West Indies golluped down in only 16.1 overs, and managed to hit only one six, a shortcoming Morgan was not too concerned over.

"I don't think that's the real problem," he said. "You can never just concentrate on hitting sixes, getting the fours is more important. Around 82% of games are won by the side who hit the most fours. We never put ourselves in a position to take their bowling on. They bowled well but we didn't play well enough to take them on."

England head to Mirpur for their final warm-up against India before the competition proper begins for them on Saturday against New Zealand in Chittagong. Morgan was hopeful that Stuart Broad would "pull up well" but won't have Luke Wright available, who has a side strain. Ian Bell, called up despite having not played a T20 for England since January 2011, won't be considered.

"We have a range of options which is a good thing," Morgan said. "Moeen's at three at the moment and he offers us some off spin too. Wrighty has done it too and been pretty solid. We are quite versatile and flexible and that can be dangerous when we fire. It's a strength of ours.

"We've always been quite adamant about playing warm-ups as competitive games and trying to get confidence by winning those games. Since 2010-11 Ashes we've always made these games as competitive as we can because we feel we get more out of it that way.

"The last game at Mirpur early on it didn't bounce and later on it carried through. It's about adjusting accordingly. I've scored some runs there in the past but it can vary on the surface and what time of day you bat."

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Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (March 19, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

I must confess I actually quite like the new kits! Out on the field / on the T.V. (as opposed to the photo of Morgan above) the shirts look kinda cool in the lights; more of a fiery red colour, than the orange look of the photo. Anyways, a new kit isn't going to help win games. I agree with the calls to bring in someone like Samit Patel to bolster the bowling with some extra spin. As much as I like Bell, I can't see him making an impact in these T20's and I wish he was sent back to focus on upcoming tests only. The pacers (Broad; Jordan; Dernbach...) blow much too hot-cold for my liking; I know it's silly hit-and-giggle stuff and consistency is rare, but we must try something different or it's going to be a VERY short tour for England. Again.

Posted by Manxmuppet on (March 19, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

"Wrighty has done it too (batted at 3) and been pretty solid"

...errrrr......sorry.......just remind me when that was???

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

congrats West indies. ...england its time enough you guysbembrace the doosra and stop with those stupid ideals..cricket is evolving

Posted by JG2704 on (March 19, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

@MalakaCT on (March 19, 2014, 6:16 GMT) I'd have KP out there as a player but no one knows what's been going on. Anyway , we have in recent years had some good results in SFs without KP. We beat NZ in NZ and drew in India. KP has hardly played any T20s in the last couple of years for Eng

@Landl - Broad has been a liability recently too.

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (March 19, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

WI have what it takes to win everything! They have experienced spinners and power hitters. On the other hand, poor England look like a broken side. Sad.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

At Ishfaqkhan.jk - they dont have any spinners bowling the doosra because its an illegal delivery that sub continent teams have forced into the game. we dont want that kind of rubbish in cricket, so its stamped out. Most people are quite happy with that thank you.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

As long as the dressing room is happy with the team ethic, all is well...

Posted by MalakaCT on (March 19, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

there was an English player named Kevin Pietersen who was left behind .... I don't know why! and now, England team is suffering the consequences for dropping the best batsman they ever had not to forget the man behind the title they earned 4 years ago!! it's still not late to admit the mistake and bring back the big guy!

Posted by Ishfaqkhan.jk on (March 19, 2014, 4:35 GMT)

The main problum with england is their bowling rather than batting. They don't have quality spinners. I havn't seen any englishman bowl doosra. Actually their county system does not allow them to do that. That is why they don't have quality spinners.

Posted by PrasPunter on (March 19, 2014, 4:22 GMT)

I dont think any of Eng, SA, Aus would value this tournament much. So just ignore the results and watch the events that unfold, if you have nothing else in your life to do.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

It is a good challenge to England how they are going to fare today with India. It seems, to me that India is one of the weakest team with poor bowling & poor fielding. Only we could rely on Dhoni. Hope England will beat India easily and play well in the T20 future games. I wish England success in their efforts correcting their mistakes.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 19, 2014, 2:37 GMT)

I won't be disappointed whatever the result in this WT20 because I have no expectations of England success. They seem all at sea in all formats at the moment. There looks to be plenty of talent in the team but it doesn't get displayed nearly often enough. It may be that some of the players who are showing promise will never really get beyond that. Several key players need to start showing some consistency soon.

Posted by landl47 on (March 19, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

I'm more concerned by England's bowling than the batting. Batting in T20s is always hit or miss and England has batsmen who can score fast on their day- Hales, Lumb, Morgan and Buttler are all potential match winners if the opposition can be held to a reasonable score.

Bowling's another matter. England has Tredwell and Bopara who are reliable on slow, turning surfaces. 6 months ago they would have hoped to come into this competition with Swann, Broad and Root available and fit as well, and with another seamer that would have made a decent combination. With Swann and Root out and Broad struggling for fitness the remaining bowlers, frankly, aren't up to the job.

I'll be very surprised if England advances. WI, SL and NZ are all useful sides and England doesn't stack up well against any of them. At least it's only T20.

Posted by Insightful2013 on (March 19, 2014, 1:20 GMT)

Excuses, excuses, excuses! The pitch, la de da! Rubbish!. The same conditions exist for the Windies. The problem is management. Dyed in the wool, stodgy bumblers, who couldn't even motivate themselves when they were playing. As previously said, the one world class batsman you've got and they did him a bad "un. KP scared oppositions, similar to a Gayle, he also, and don't take this lightly for a second, lifted spirits and thereby abilities, simply by his presence. It was bad cricket all round when they did the dirty to him. Pride always comes before a fall!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

Absolutely baffled by the satement, "Ian Bell, called up despite having not played a T20 for England since January 2011, won't be considered." Why bother calling him up to the squad?

For my money, he should be drafted in to bat at number 3. I don't think he is the perfect T20 batsmen, but what he does have is lots of ability, a good temperament and international experience. He has shown he can up the tempo in ODIs, he plays spin well and will add composure to the top order, which is all a bit manic and desperate at the minute. He strikes the ball cleanly and goes over the top well, so I'd imagine him scoring freely in a power player, then being better than most at rotating the strike to get the bigger hitters on strike later on.

I'm pretty sure most opposition would prefer him to be on sidelines.

My XI, for what it's worth, would be: Lumb, Hales, Bell, Morgan, Buttler, Bopara, Ali, Jordan, Broad, Tredwell, Parry.

Posted by wapuser on (March 19, 2014, 0:47 GMT)

this article is totally bias. west indies won the match but not one piece of credit was given to them.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 18, 2014, 22:43 GMT)

Have to say this is a full on thrashing and the tournament is looking bleak.

Once more it is the slower bowlers who seem to show much more control and I wish we were brave enough to have called up Patel or another spin option and just go with 2 pace options out here.

It also seems that Bresnan is the biggest bowling liability in the side and right now I have the least confidence in our 2 most experienced bowlers in the squad. With the squad we have out there I'd consider going with the extra batsman (in Bell) replacing Bresnan and have Dernbach and Jordan as our TWO pacers. They are both vulnerable but I actually have more trust in them than the 2 Bs.

It seems bizzarre that they're not giving Bell a game. I wonder if he'll play vs India.

Posted by Gherkinboy on (March 18, 2014, 22:14 GMT)

Awful kit, awful team. I'm backing us not to win a game in this tournament and am quite tempted to lump on India to win at 3/1 on

Posted by chechong0114 on (March 18, 2014, 21:25 GMT)

In as much as I would have loved to see Pollard in this line up to complete the final 11 I am equally as happy to see my team win a game so convincingly. One of the key things for me is the way with which Sammy and Bravo as 2 of the most senior and experienced players in the team gel together. I think unity in the team among all the players will play a big role in how far the West Indies team gets in this tornament.There is no doubt in my mind that we have the stuff to go all the way and win this tornament again this year but it will take not only good batting and bowling but great team unity among all the players. I know it was just a warm up game and this match has no baring on the real tornament that starts in a few day however this victory can do nothing more than help all the players gain some great psycological advantage ahead of game one. On another note hats of to Bangladesh they have hosted 3 phenomenal cricket series so far their fans are some of the best I have ever seen.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

Giles has had 16 months to bring England to this level. What a genuis the man is. Do the ECB really believe he is the man to take over from Flower ?

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

England's obsession with pace carries on-in these conditions taking pace of the ball is the way to go.Also variation of attack is another.Santoike with his left arm medium pace has been a revelation.Maybe we should have taken a punt on Gurney instead of Dernbach and possibly called up Samit Patel instead of Woakes when Stokes succumbed to his frustrations. I know we dont stand a chance in the tournament but at least going into battle with the right artillery gives you at least a bit of a chance. The only positive I can get from this shambles is Giles should not get the job full time.

Posted by jackiethepen on (March 18, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

A very average England side and yet Morgan states that Bell will not be considered. It is hard to understand why he is there at all then. He can bat the socks off most of this side who have dwindled in all but domestic competitions. Morgan's way of speaking about Bell isn't exactly encouraging either. Doesn't he bother to explain why he won't be considered? Many of the media have been asking that question. But no one thinks it is necessary to answer it. You would think the latest defeat might suggest that they need a decent batsman to come in at 3 or 4. Even if he's there for cover he should be given a game. What if Morgan should crock up again?

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 18, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

England will come last in their group. I wouldnt be surprised if they lose to Ireland( Who are most likely going to qualify)

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 18, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

What's more uglier than their brand of cricket is their jerseys. What's up with the orange and dark blue kit ?? Outrageous is an understatement.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

Another easy win against a very average England side. They might struggle to win a game in this World Cup.

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