Morgan encourages Topley to bounce back


England will be looking to redeem themselves after suffering a heartbreaking three-wicket loss to South Africa in the first game of their two-match Twenty20 series. 

After restricting England to a paltry 134-8 in Cape Town, South Africa toiled in their chase and needed 15 from Reece Topley's final over.

Chris Morris proved the hero for the Proteas, thumping a four and a six to leave the hosts needing just two off the last ball for victory.

He then managed two off the final ball after Topley missed an easy run-out that would have kept the scores tied and forced a one-over eliminator.

While the circumstances that led to defeat were hard to take, England captain Eoin Morgan backed 22-year-old Topley to bounce back in Sunday's second T20 in Johannesburg.

"He has huge resolve, he's a huge character in the changing room and he'll be devastated about tonight but he hasn't played a great deal of international cricket," Morgan told ECB.

"I see him as having a huge amount of potential and I'll be saying to him if we played a game like this tomorrow night, I'd have no worries giving him the ball again.

"I know he has the skills in the tank to deliver what we expect of him."

Morgan believes his side just need to stick to the basics as they look to avoid another series loss, having been beaten 3-2 in the one-day internationals.

"We've been on the wrong side of it, which isn't nice," he added. "It's great to play in them, but it isn't nice to lose them all the time.

"We've got to stick to our basics - I think if we'd nailed the basics tonight we might have got 15 or 20 more runs and we might have had a better day in the field."

With the ICC World T20 fast approaching, England will be hoping to find some form if they want to be competitive at the tournament.