Morgan: We are a long way off Australia


England ODI captain Eoin Morgan says his side are not at the same level as Australia right now, as evidenced by their 59-run defeat in the first ODI at Southampton on Thursday.

England lost the match as they failed to chase the 306 required, despite getting off to a very good start. Nearly everyone in their top order got starts, until Shane Watson and Nathan Coulter-Nile took quick wickets.

Morgan, whose side fell out of the World Cup in the groups stage while the Aussies went on to win the title, said they'd use this experience to learn, and will expect to chase 300-plus in future.

A disappointed Morgan said after the match: "We can certainly improve. We are a long way off the world's best at the moment. They are a very strong side.

"We'll have to play really well to beat them, and we didn't do enough here today.

"I think down the line this is going to be a big part of our learning curve.

"Probably in a year's time, we'll be expected to chase that down more often than not – especially with that sort of a start."

There are four more ODIs left in the series, with Australia looking to end the long tour on a high after losing the Ashes and the one-off T20.