Captain Morgan keeps the faith

England captain Eoin Morgan. Picture: Neil Marshall
England captain Eoin Morgan. Picture: Neil Marshall
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EOIN MORGAN insists England will not go back to their old ways, despite defeat in their latest clash with New Zealand.

The skipper has overseen a total revamp of his team’s style with a positive brand of cricket seeing them batting with much more attacking intent.

But although it was still a healthy total of 302, England were bowled out with almost four overs left to bat and lost momentum towards the end of their innings when they were unable to add some late acceleration.

Morgan, however, shrugged off the disappointment and has no intention of changing the new-found approach.

He said: ‘It’s not a huge thing for me that we didn’t bat the 50 overs.

‘From time to time it will happen.

‘We are trying to change the process and mindset with the bat and that may take time.

‘We’ve come a long way in the past three games.

‘We have scored 300-plus in these three games, which is a huge achievement and a big turnaround.

‘I want the guys to continue with that mindset and not worry about batting the 50 overs.

‘It makes them hesitate and question their natural way of playing and I don’t want that to happen.

‘We looked like we might get 350 or 360 and for a long time we have never even thought about getting that sort of score.

‘We are trying to get as much natural ability out of the new guys as we can.

‘There is no need to change that unless things go drastically wrong.

‘The guys are really enjoying playing the way we are.

‘Moving forward for the last two games, we will concentrate on our progress as a team.

‘We will keep maintaining what we are doing right, rather than retreating as a group.

‘As long as we set the standards really high we’ll win more games than we lose playing in this manner.’

Morgan, however, wants to see some improvement from his fielders after some crucial dropped catches.

He said: ‘We carried on from where we were at The Oval where we made a few mistakes.

‘We will sit down and have a chat. It might be how calm the guys are or it might be something completely different.

‘It’s something we’re homing in on and it’s something we can only get better on.

‘We’ve got a lot of talent in the field and like anything, we set the bar high and our skill level is just a bit down at the moment.

‘We will work hard to improve in that area.’