ENGLAND TOUR OF WEST INDIES, 2019
This was one other instance of England not adjusting to what was laid out earlier than them. © AFP
Eoin Morgan lamented a “horrible” show from England’s batsmen as they relinquished the fifth ODI and thus the collection in humbling vogue.
A harrowing seven-wicket defeat in Saint Lucia was rubber stamped by a masterclass from Chris Gayle however was set in movement by a dreadful first innings which noticed the vacationers skittles for 113. Younger fast Oshane Thomas was the main benefactor, nabbing 5 for 21 – his first five-wicket haul in ODI cricket.
The bounce suited the taller quicks, and whereas West Indies did bowl completely for the situations, with Jason Holder setting applicable fields, at no level did England change their plans. Attacking from the get-go labored completely in Grenada after they posted 418 for six within the fourth ODI.
However issues right here referred to as for a measured approached. It was not forthcoming. Gayle’s 77 from 27 balls noticed West Indies polish off the match with seven wickets and 227 balls to spare.
“We did not adapt,” Morgan admitted afterwards. “It was a horrible batting efficiency which is a disappointing method to finish the collection. We have to be taught from the expertise.”
“It was evident from the primary two overs,” Morgan stated. “You may see it from the altering room. We did have that dialog. However we did not adapt. Attempting to curb your pure capacity, to attempt to go from high-risk to low-risk and nonetheless get a rating within the morning that will likely be ok within the afternoon, is tough.”
This was one other instance of England not adjusting to what was laid out earlier than them and one more reason why some followers query their tag as World Cup favourites. Within the 2017 Champions Trophy semi-final towards Pakistan, the hosts had been undone on a demanding floor which required them to undergo the gears steadily.
In making an attempt to shirt straight to fifth, they had been bowled out for 211 and Pakistan, the eventual Champions Trophy winners, chased the goal down with eight wickets in hand.
“After we come up in situations for the primary time it has gone flawed,” stated Morgan. “After we’ve come again in situations which are just like the place we have made errors, we have really performed rather well. It is simple to gloss over issues like that as a result of after we play properly a few of our guys make issues look fairly simple.
“We realized from that Champions Trophy defeat. We went away from dwelling and performed on sluggish, low wickets and improved our sport from that have.
“This was a floor that we not often come up towards. It was simply the bounce. And I do not suppose we dealt and tailored with that. We continued to play as if we had been on the identical pitch in Grenada. A low-risk shot there was high-risk right now.”
The England captain’s phrases had been echoed by these of head coach Trevor Bayliss. The Australian, whose time period in cost will likely be judged extra harshly if World Cup success shouldn’t be forthcoming, admitted bouncy pitches have proved to be a obvious weak spot for this England staff in each white and crimson ball cricket.
“It was a poor efficiency,” stated Bayliss. “There have been some woeful photographs, and clearly after that we had been by no means within the sport.
“We nonetheless have not tailored. We did not adapt in any respect. We discovered throughout the Check collection that the bouncier wickets had been our Achilles’ heel, we do not typically get to play on too many bouncy wickets in England, and it is actually not a power of ours.”
With this collection drawn, England might really lose their primary rating to India, who’re at the moment internet hosting Australia. However that won’t change the considering that this staff have what it takes to win this summer season’s World Cup.
A preliminary squad will likely be named by April 23, with a month to fine-tune with ODIs towards Eire and Pakistan earlier than a concrete 15 needs to be submitted by Might 22.