Captain Eoin Morgan refused to be downcast after England ended their worldwide summer season with a uncommon one-day sequence defeat by the hands of rivals Australia, insisting the depth of the battle will stand his aspect in good stead.
With the sequence stage at 1-1 after two shut finishes, England had been primed to shut out the decider having diminished their opponents to 73 for 5 chasing 303.
However a pair of magnificent centuries, 106 for Alex Carey and 108 for the buccaneering Glenn Maxwell, turned the tables because the vacationers sealed a three-wicket success with simply two balls remaining.
It was the world champions’ first one-day defeat on dwelling soil since 2015 and the primary wherever since a visit to India in 2017.
Morgan has grow to be accustomed to being on the best aspect of issues within the 50-over format however felt a setback on difficult wickets at Emirates Previous Trafford was a extra instructive expertise than walkovers on good batting tracks.
“I believe generally when you’ve got wins like that you would be able to take performances with no consideration however given the form of tight contests we’ve had with Australia in each the T20s and the ODIs, we’ve discovered an enormous quantity,” he stated.
“The optimistic of the sequence is realizing we will win video games of cricket once we don’t play our greatest sport. I do know we’ve not performed our greatest however the character and resilience we’ve confirmed has been sensible.
“We’ve additionally discovered rather a lot in regards to the group taking part in on slower wickets. Having a possibility to play on them for 3 video games in a row is a uncommon one for us. It hasn’t gone our method, however definitely we’ve addressed an space of our sport that’s our weakest. We now have time to take it and work on it.”
Whereas Morgan is heading straight to the Indian Premier League on Thursday – one among 9 England gamers heading to the United Arab Emirates by way of constitution aircraft – he’s unsure the place or when he’ll subsequent be on worldwide responsibility.
A tour of South Africa is tentatively pencilled in for November however the ongoing uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic means it’s laborious to take something with no consideration.
Every time the workforce does reconvene it would certainly be in one other ‘bio-secure’ bubble, primarily based on the blueprint the England and Wales Cricket Board has been capable of put collectively and efficiently handle over the previous two-and-a-half months.
“From the place we had been 5 months in the past to have had a full set of worldwide fixtures and to have cricket again on the TV is big for the sport,” he mirrored.
“I believe we’ve pioneered and mapped out precisely methods to get cricket again on. Given we’ve had no optimistic instances throughout the bubble I believe it’s a excellent instance and one each workforce all over the world will have a look at.
“Whether or not they can mannequin it precisely like that could be a bit tougher however I believe the ECB has finished an impressive job.”
Australia captain Aaron Finch was visibly relieved to log off from the tour in celebratory trend after seeing the sport ebb and circulate as each side wrestled for the end result.
Ultimately it wanted career-best efforts from each Carey and Maxwell, who clubbed seven sixes, to seal it.
“We had been in hassle, England had all of the momentum at 73 for 5 however that Maxi partnership with Alex was improbable,” he stated.
“Maxi is within the workforce to do a selected position, he’s capable of take the sport away from opponents while you’re having day but in addition to counter-attack and try to swing momentum in altering rooms.
“I don’t suppose there are numerous bowlers all over the world that may hassle him when he’s having a type of kind of days.”