Morgan wants improvement after ‘scrappy’ win

England tour to Sri Lanka 2018

England skipper Eoin Morgan felt that his side were not at their best during their 18-run DLS win over Sri Lanka in Kandy.

Morgan felt England could have done a better job putting Sri Lanka away after reducing the hosts to 102 for 4 only to see them scrap to 273 at the end of their fifty overs off the back of a fifty from Dasun Shanaka and cameos from the lower-order.

“I thought today was quite a scrappy game, to be honest,” said Morgan. “We had the better of the conditions having won the toss and bowled and I felt the wicket was a bit tacky and turned a little more than it probably did when we batted. But we felt that Sri Lanka crept up to a very competitive score. Credit to Sri Lanka, they fought back well.

“We are quite honest with where we’re at and where we need to improve. Today it was fielding, we were quite rusty, and we maybe could have been more disciplined in the areas that we bowled.”

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Morgan said that Joe Denly, Sam Curran, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett were all in with a shout of being involved in the fifth ODI in Colombo.

“Just because we’ve won the series doesn’t mean that we don’t want to win the next game,” he added. “It’s an important game but also may be an opportunity to look at some other guys as well.”

The four unused squad members will have Sunday and Monday to convince Morgan and coach Trevor Bayliss they should be given an outing. The fifth ODI gets underway in Colombo on Tuesday 23 October.

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