Eng­land will learn from loss – Morgan

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT - LON­DON

ENG­LAND will learn from their early col­lapse in Mon­day’s ODI de­feat to South Africa at Lord’s, cap­tain Eoin Morgan said ahead of their Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy opener against Bangladesh to­mor­row.

Eng­land’s top or­der crum­bled to 20 for six wick­ets in five overs as they were dis­missed for a mod­est to­tal of 153 be­fore the Proteas cruised to a seven-wicket vic­tory for a con­so­la­tion tri­umph af­ter the hosts won the first two matches of the se­ries.

“It’s a les­son with bat and ball. Our bowlers to be dis­ci­plined and to our bats­man that some­times you have to sit in,” Morgan told re­porters af­ter the match. “They made us play a hell of a lot and man­aged to get the ball mov­ing around. Cer­tainly, it’s not down to a lack of try­ing.”

Eng­land coach Trevor Bayliss be­lieves that the hu­mil­i­at­ing loss would en­sure his team re­mained level-headed for the eight­team Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.

“This re­sult en­sures we go into the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy with­out big heads,” Bayliss said. “We should have done bet­ter than we did but a 2-1 se­ries over SA, we’ll take that ev­ery day.”

The vic­tory was made all the more sweeter for SA bats­man Hashim Amla, who be­came the fastest to break the 7 000 run bar­rier in one- day­ers by reach­ing the mile­stone in just 150 in­nings. – Reuters

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LEARN­ING CURVE: Eng­land cap­tain Eoin Morgan is de­ter­mined to learn from mis­takes.

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