England skipper Eoin Morgan has blamed the lack of runs from the middle order for their T20I series loss against India. Morgan personally had a series to forget with the bat scoring just 33 runs in five games. He batted just thrice in the five games scoring a 28 in the second T20I which India won. Ben Stokes too scored just one fifty-plus score in the five-match series and the lack of runs from those two senior players cost England.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Eoin Morgan said that the series was very productive in terms of their preparations for the World T20 later this year. However, he further said the side has not found their perfect combination as yet.
“This series was extremely productive,” he said. To play against a strong Indian team in their own conditions was fantastic. India have outplayed us in certain big moments in the game and thoroughly deserved to win. We have played some really good cricket both today and throughout the whole series. There’s a lot of positives for us to build on” said Morgan.
The England skipper singled out their lack of runs in the middle-order and said that it was one of the big reasons for them losing the series.
Middle-Order Didn’t Fire As Expected: Eoin Morgan
“When you look back in the game, in a similar instance to the last game, our middle-order probably haven’t fired as well as we would have liked. At the back end of the games we have lost, our middle-order weren’t as sharp as they normally are. One of our strengths is normally how quickly guys get in and adapt to surfaces. It didn’t necessarily happen” Eoin Morgan said.
The series now moves into its final leg, the three-match ODI series which will culminate England’s tour to India. After losing the T20I series, Morgan and his men will look for a turnaround in the ODIs. They have managed to hold onto the top spot despite losing the series. England are also leading the ICC rankings before the start of the ODI series, with India placed at number two.