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England captain Morgan bats off defeat to South Africa

By David Clough

Published 22/02/2016

Simple mistakes: Eoin Morgan rued England’s errors
Simple mistakes: Eoin Morgan rued England’s errors

Trevor Bayliss saw England's sorry nine-wicket defeat to South Africa as a case of "men against boys" - but his captain Eoin Morgan insists it is not a "huge setback" to their ICC World Twenty20 hopes.

England imploded from 157 for three to post only 171 all out at the Wanderers, where AB de Villiers' national-record 21-ball 50 and Hashim Amla's from 27 balls made a mockery of an insufficient total.

Morgan's team therefore lost their fifth successive white-ball match to South Africa - whom they will meet again in the global tournament in Mumbai next month - having set and failed to defend a target on each occasion.

They saved the worst for last, though, adding Twenty20 series defeat to a 3-2 reverse, from 2-0 up, in the preceding one-day internationals - hence Bayliss' assessment, in a post-match broadcast interview.

Their inferiority yesterday was extreme - after the promise of a 96-run stand between Morgan and Jos Buttler (54) - as they lost their last seven wickets for 14 runs, and De Villiers (71) and Amla (69 not out) then completed the trouncing in just 14.4 overs.

Yet Morgan said: "I don't think it's a huge setback."

His rationale appears to be that basic mistakes were made, and can therefore soon be rectified.

"I think the mistakes we made today were pretty simple, as towards the end of the one-day series and the first Twenty20 - they all had to do with the basics of the game," the captain added.

"The collapse towards the end of our innings, we had the right plan, but our execution was pretty poor.

"The bowling started poorly again, and we couldn't claw it back.

"The bowling display, certainly at the start, has been our worst on the tour."

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