Morgan concedes England have “struggled with the basics” as World Cup calamity looms

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Eoin Morgan admitted England’s batting mentality has directly contributed to their three defeats of the World Cup thus far.

Host nation England entered the tournament as favourites, having attained the rank of the number one ODI team in the ICC rankings.

England’s renaissance since the debacle of the 2015 World Cup has been built around their fearlessness and attacking intent with a lengthy batting line-up.

But at the most crucial of times, England’s batting has faltered in their failed run chases against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and most recently Australia.

James Vince has been at his James Vinciest, Moeen Ali has looked lost at the crease barring a brief cameo versus Afghanistan, and Jonny Bairstow has looked tentative at the top.

Captain Morgan expressed his dismay at the batting hiccups, stating: “We’ve struggled with the basics of what we call our batting mantra, showing intent, building partnerships and doing it in our own way.

“We haven’t done those for long enough periods of games. Either chasing down 230 or 280, that’s disappointing. “

Confidence and momentum are key at tournaments, and England are currently in short supply of both.

Ever the inspirational leader, however, Morgan vowed to take personal charge of England’s fight back, saying:  “We go back to what we do well and we’ll still strive to do that in Sunday’s game (against India at Edgbaston).

“Ideally I’d like to lead from the front.

“The majority of captains have success when they lead from the front.

“So contributions in the next two games from me might have an impact in the changing room. So hopefully I can make a difference.”

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