Sunday 20 May 2018

Morgan rues late collapse

England captain Eoin Morgan and his team leave the field Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images
England captain Eoin Morgan and his team leave the field Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Eoin Morgan could only rue the collapse which cost England series victory against New Zealand.

England's white-ball captain is unrepentant, however, about the attacking intent which fell flat after Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root raced to 267 for one in the 38th over of the fourth one-day international in Dunedin.

The tourists promptly lost their next six wickets for 21 on the way to 335 for nine, and then had no answer to Ross Taylor's brilliance after New Zealand initially faltered to two for two.

The Kiwis pulled off a five-wicket win, with three balls to spare, to level the series at 2-2 and set up a weekend decider in Christchurch, with Taylor unbeaten on a career-best 181 on the eve of his 34th birthday.

Asked if the collapse had been decisive, he said: "Yes, it has." At the suggestion it was a case of over-ambition, though, he said: "I'm a big fan of over-ambition. When two guys play out of their skin ... we've got to put the cream on the cake and the cherry on top.

"We were miles away from it today. Our skill level wasn't good enough to take risks that early."

Irish Independent

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