ICC World Cup 2019: Australia Completely Outplayed Us, Admits Eoin Morgan
England have made their chances of making it to the ICC World Cup 2019 more stiff with two back to back loses now. The recent defeat came against Australia earlier today when they went down by 64 runs at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Speaking at the end of the match, Englan skipper Eoin Morgan admitted that the Aussies outplayed them in all the departments.
Australia outplayed us completely: Morgan
After putting to bat first, David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch got Australia off to a flying start adding 121 runs for the first wicket. It was a difficult wicket to bat, and gradually, the conditions got bad. Contributions from Alex Carey down the order helped the defending champions post a challenging total of 285 runs on the board at the end of 50 overs.
It was a tricky total to chase, and Jason Behrendorff got the perfect start for Australia. Micthell Starc soon joined the party to dismiss Joe Root and Eoin Morgan to put England on the backfoot. Striving at 26 for three, Ben Stokes started the revival but lacked partners at the other end. Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid got starts but failed to capitalise which left Stokes alone to do the job. Behrendorff cleaned the tail with a five-wicket haul while Starc bagged four wickets to bowl out England for 221 runs to book a semifinal berth.
It will be a difficult road for England with their last two games against India and New Zealand. Admitting that Australia outplayed them, Eoin Morgan sounded positive and said they need to look forward and script a quick turnaround.
“I thought a lot of today we were outplayed, Australia played and missed a lot and built a good partnership, and us losing early wickets wasn’t ideal. The wicket was soft when we started, batting would have been a horrific decision. They dominated until the 25th but to restrict them to 280 was a good effort.
But to be 20 for 3 pegs us bad considerably. Given the circumstances it’s not hugely disappointed, our fate is in our own hands. Everything we need to turn around is quite simple, the basics have let us down, and hopefully, we will improve on them moving forward,” Morgan said.
England faces India next on June 30 (Sunday) at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
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