Morgan: We let ourselves down at the start


England captain Eoin Morgan said his team let themselves down at the start of the match as they lost the second ODI by 64 runs against Australia at Lord's on Saturday to go two-nil down in the five-match series.

Australia got off to a decent start even after their opener David Warner was forced to retire hurt when he was struck on the thumb off the second ball of the match from fast bowler Steven Finn.

Aussie captain Steve Smith hit 70 while George Bailey and Mitch Marsh also struck half-tons as the visitors scored 309 for seven in 49 overs after the rain-delayed start saw the match reduced by one over.

England could only manage 245 all out with Morgan himself the only batsman showing any fight as he scored 85.

Morgan said after the game: "I think we let ourselves down at the start of the game. Probably the first 20 overs we were a little bit ill-disciplined.

"We could have been hitting better lines and lengths. More often than not I think we bowled a bad ball, which is disappointing.

"Probably the last 10 we let it slip slightly, which probably gave them 25 too many. But certainly with the bat we made the same mistakes we did at the Rose Bowl which is disappointing.

"Considering the talent we have in changing room, I'd like to learn us a little bit quicker. We were being put under the pump against Australia. They're a good side and have drilled themselves regimentally for quite a long time.

"We need to come up with an answer to the questions they are posing."

The third ODI, a must win match for England, is on Tuesday at Old Trafford.