England suffered a small setback in their ICC T20 World Cup preparations as they were defeated by India in the five match T20I series. The hosts won the series decider on Saturday, winning the series by a narrow margin of 3-2. However, Eoin Morgan believes that the series had been extremely productive despite the visitors blowing a 2-1 lead after 3 T20Is.
This was also England’s first defeat in their last nine T20I series. Chasing down a huge total of 225 runs in the last T20I, England were well-placed after 12 overs with the score reading 127 runs for the loss of one wicket. However, Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled brought back the hosts back into the game with their fine display with the ball.
Eoin Morgan stated that his side will take plenty of positives from the five match T20I series. “This series was extremely productive,” he said. “To play against a strong Indian team in their own conditions was fantastic. India have outplayed us in certain big moments in the game and thoroughly deserved to win. We have played some really good cricket both today and throughout the whole series. There’s a lot of positives for us to build on,” Morgan added.
Eoin Morgan wants his players to step up in the IPL
England fielded a similar side in almost all five matches against India. However, Eoin Morgan has warned his players that no place in the side is fixed and players must perform in IPL to retain their spot. The English skipper stressed on the importance of being flexible in regards to their combinations and stated that the team must get better as a unit.
“Nobody is nailed on,” Eoin Morgan said. “If any player, including myself, looks that far ahead and thinks right my position is nailed down, they are mistaken. We want to both improve and continue to get better as the rest of the world progresses as well. T20 as a game progresses faster than any other of the formats. We need to be quite flexible in how we want to improve. We can’t be rigid. Ultimately, we need to get better,” he added.