Learning day as England suffer batting collapse
England captain Eoin Morgan hopes his inexperienced side learn quickly after a batting collapse led to a 14-run defeat against New Zealand in the third Twenty20.
Chasing 181, Morgan was at the crease alongside James Vince as England got the equation down to 44 required from the final 34 deliveries with eight wickets in hand at the picturesque setting of the Saxton Oval in Nelson.
However, the England captain’s departure sparked a dramatic disintegration that saw the tourists lose five wickets in the space of 19 balls, irreparably damaging their pursuit as they fell 2-1 down in the five-match series.
England’s line-up contained all six players who had not featured in a T20 international before this series and only Morgan and Sam Billings, the Irishman’s deputy for this series, had been capped more than a dozen times.
Morgan said: “It is the most inexperienced side that we will field. It has been a great learning day for us and hopefully the guys take in the information and learn from that, hopefully pretty quickly.”
Morgan was caught on the boundary while Billings was needlessly run out after a miscommunication with Vince, who tamely chipped to mid-off to fall one short of his half-century. By the time Lewis Gregory and Sam Curran fell, England’s hopes had all but vanished, and they limped to 166 for seven.
Dawid Malan moved through the gears as he went from 15 off his first 14 balls to take 40 off his next 20, the last of which saw the opener belt an Ish Sodhi full toss to Martin Guptill at deep midwicket.
Matt Parkinson marked his debut with one for 14 but curiously only bowled two overs, while Lancashire team-mate Saqib Mahmood was expensive and finished with 4-0-49-1.
The Curran brothers bowled well to record a combined three for 58 as New Zealand posted 180 for seven. On his international bow, highly-rated opener Tom Banton kick-started England’s reply by clubbing express paceman Ferguson for six over midwicket but was bowled for 18 off 10 balls after missing a ramp off Blair Tickner.
England’s Eoin Morgan