England in South Africa: Eoin Morgan says his team have ‘lessons to learn’
England have plenty to learn South Africa after their defeat from the run-up into the Twenty20 World Cup, according to captain Eoin Morgan.
The tourists failed to pursue 178 at the first of a show in East London.
“We should really be winning that 10 times out of 10,” Morgan told that the Test Match Special podcast.
“It’s about learningthrough a process we’ve gone over numerous years to attempt and get better.”
After winning the World Cup England will look to become the first men’s side to hold both global limited-overs trophies simultaneously at the T20 World Cup in Australia in October and November.
They recuperated from a bad start with the ball and in the field to limit the home side to 177-8.
They had been coasting the chase after Jason Roy made 70 from 38 balls to lose three wickets in four overs.
Then, they were taken by Morgan’s 52 to demanding seven balls, until the captain was caught by the last rescue of the 19th over.
“Getting out off the final ball of the 19th over was horrifically bad for me, given my experience and the number of games I have played with,” said the Irishman.
From that point, England needed seven in the final over and afterwards Lungi Ngidi’d Tom Curran captured at, Moeen Ali was bowled, leaving Adil Rashid to get three from the ball he faced, the ball of the match.
He had been run out coming back to get another which would have compelled a over, leaving their first defeat at a T20 to England.
“I know lately we have played a lot of tight games, but we wish to play in as many of these as we could because we want guys exposed to as much stress as they may be,” Morgan added.
“you can’t replicate the strain you would have in the World Cup, but in situations such as that we have to discover a way to get over the line.”
Morgan also defended the omission of batsman Dawid Malan, who made a century in his T20 in New Zealand in November, likening it to time prior to forcing his way into the World Cup-winning 48, Jonny Bairstow spent time out of their group.
“Malan is a superb player and contributed the success of this white-ball team on a brief time period, he is a small casualty of that,” said Morgan.
“Dawid has done absolutely everything that he needs to do to be in the squad. He needs to wait for a chance and take that.
“There is intense competition for places and for captain, coach, the whole team, it is a really healthy sign.”