England v Australia: Eoin Morgan rubbishes bowler criticism

England v Australia: Eoin Morgan rubbishes claims the hosts lacked bowling depth despite a 88-run defeat by Australia

By Callum Orr
Eoin Morgan is England's ODI captain Photo: The Sport Review

Eoin Morgan rejected suggestions England lacked bowling depth after their 88-run loss to Australia in the second one day international at Old Trafford.

The hosts were comfortably out-bowled and out-batted as Australia captain Michael Clarke led by example, scoring a brilliant century as his side posted an impressive 315-7 in their allotted 50 overs.

And England’s choice to play with eight batsmen was criticised heavily by the media following the defeat – but Morgan insisted that the loss was not a result of his tactics.

“I don’t think we were a bowler short, but we weren’t part happy with our bowling performance,” said Morgan.

“I’m not concerned by the balance of the side; we have a lot of bowling options. It was a case of not enough people putting their hand up today.”

England failed to mount a successful run-chase, despite the efforts of Joss Buttler (75) and Kevin Pieterson (60), and Morgan (54) was quick to point the finger at his underperforming stars.

“300+ on that wicket was above par but it was well within our capabilities and we needed someone to lead from the front at the top of the order. That didn’t happen.

“I don’t think I would have changed my decision to bowl first. Regardless of what we did first, we didn’t restrict them to enough.”

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