Morgan tips England to shake off 'blip' at World T20


Eoin Morgan is confident England's slump in limited-overs cricket is nothing more than a 'blip' and backed his side to come good at the World Twenty20.

England were battered by nine wickets in Sunday's Twenty20 contest against South Africa in Johannesburg as the Proteas completed a 2-0 series win.

That followed South Africa's 3-2 win in the ODI series, despite losing the first two matches.

Morgan's men have shown a marked improvement in shorter formats since being eliminated from the Cricket World Cup in the group stages last year, though, and the captain says the team is itching to put things right at the World T20.

"We have to take the good with the bad," he told Sky Sports. "We are a very young and exciting team who on our day can beat any side in the world but we might also have a blip along the way with the inexperience we have.

"When you are winning all the time you don't always appreciate it but now we are being tested so it is a good stage for us - how we come back from it is more important than anything.

"We were so far behind the eight ball at the previous World Cup that we have so much ground to make up as we try and play a brutal way, like South Africa do with bat and ball, and win a world tournament.

"We just haven't been good enough over the last few games and haven't deserved to win but we talk about it all the time and guys are hungry to learn, which is a good sign, so we are optimistic ahead of the World T20."

England were bowled out for 171 having lost the final seven wickets for just 14 runs, triggered by the loss of Jos Buttler (54) and Morgan (38) in consecutive balls.

"It was a pretty brutal day," Morgan added. "It started pretty well, we were in a commanding position and it looked like we could get 180, 190 or even 200 if Buttler hit his straps but then it fell away.

"Our strategy was right but the execution of our skills was poor."