Morgan looks for England improvement

Eoin Morgan, right, and England celebrate a wicket for Adil Rashid. Picture: Neil Marshall
Eoin Morgan, right, and England celebrate a wicket for Adil Rashid. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Eoin Morgan shrugged off England’s setback at the Ageas Bowl after his side went down to defeat.

The England skipper remained upbeat, despite the 59-run loss to Australia as just under 22,000 packed out Hampshire’s home venue for the first one-day international of the series.

Those hoping for a home win left disappointed as Australia’s total of 305 for six proved to be more than enough to clinch the game when England were bowled out for 246 after their innings crumbled from a positive opening.

But Morgan believes his side are still going through an important transitional phase of their development and there will be defeats along the way.

Morgan said: ‘Australia are a very strong side.

‘We’ll have to play really well to beat them and we didn’t do enough here. I think down the line this is going to be a big part of our learning curve.

‘Probably in a year’s time, we’ll be expected to chase that down more often than not – especially with that sort of a start.

‘We got off to a fantastic start.

‘Alex Hales and Jason Roy set the tone early and when we get off to a start like that, we should be chasing down 305.

‘It’s only the first match of the series, we’ve had great support here and we’ll be looking to come out fighting and win the next one.

‘But we can certainly improve.

‘We are a long way off the world’s best at the moment.

‘So we can learn a hell of a lot and ultimately it comes down to individual skill.’

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