Morgan: England must learn from ODI defeat


Eoin Morgan said lessons must be learned as England seek improvement following their seven-wicket defeat to South Africa in the third one-day international.

England's hopes of wrapping up the five-game ODI series were dashed by openers Quinton de Kock (135) and Hashim Amla (127), who put on a 239-run partnership as South Africa overhauled the tourists' 318-8 with 22 balls remaining on Tuesday.

Joe Root posted an ODI career-best 125 earlier in the day at SuperSport Park but England had no answer to De Kock and Amla as the Proteas pulled the series back at 2-1.

Speaking afterwards, Morgan lamented his team's failure to back up their strong batting with the ball.

"It's obviously very disappointing. To post 300 was a huge positive for us, our batting unit seems to go from strength to strength," Morgan told the ECB's official website.

"Certainly at half-time we went in and thought we were right in the game.

"The learning curve from this game is how we started with the ball. We probably didn't bang out line and length enough so it's a matter of working on our basics and re-engaging with our basics next game and then the last game in Cape Town.

"I think it's the nature of one-day cricket and T20 cricket. It's a matter of trusting your bowlers and setting a plan and hopefully the plan will be executed

"Today we didn't do it as well as we have in the past but we haven't got far to look as to where we need to make up the difference between the games."

Morgan added: "Once the two openers managed to get away from us their experience kicked in and it is a little bit of a lesson for our team as to how they went about the chase.

"We've chased down large totals in the past and we'd like it to become a habit.

"You could see the experience in the South African unit that it has become a little bit of a habit. They've come back quite strongly."