Mumbai: After a 21 run loss to New Zealand in 2nd T20I Eoin Morgan said the Fielding Efforts from boys were not up to the mark. England Fielders put down a few catches, with the likes of James Vince and Dawid Malan dropping sitters. Sam Billings, the wicketkeeper, also failed to grab a sharp chance. Incidentally, England’s fielders seemed to be distracted by the glare of the sun a few times.
When you drop that amount of catches it’s not a great reflection on the performance and the levels of fielding that we aspire to,” Morgan said. “There were a couple of catches that went in the sun which made it look a lot worse but as regards our standard catches, we expect more.
“I think it’s more of an attitude thing because there’s such a short turnaround, the natural default of any player is to step back and not commit to a 50-50 chance or their mindset changes to go back in their shell. That’s not what we want, we want guys continuing to attack the ball, find themselves in hot spots if they’re good enough and if they drop catches, they drop catches. That’s the nature of it,” he added.
England has rested some key players and has added some youngsters like Sam Curran, Saqib Mohammed, Pat Brown, Tom Banton, Matt Parkinson, and Malan.
Saqib and Brown, who played in the second game, went for 11 and 16 runs per over respectively. The England skipper hoped that the fringe players will learn from their mistakes. He said, “We have to make mistakes. If guys come in and smash it from the start and really find international cricket easy, I don’t think that’s a great opportunity given to guys. We want to see guys being pegged back and how they react from there. Chances will continue to come and opportunities will continue to come regardless of the result.”
While Chris Jordan has had quite a good run in T20I’s for England and yet again he proved that, by picking 3 wickets23 and also hitting a quickfire 36 to keep England hope to rise. Morgan on Jordan said, and also cracked a quick-fire 36 to keep England’s hopes alive for a while longer. “He was exceptional. One of the reasons we combine these new guys with experienced players is to have them out on the field doing what they do. Having CJ out there with his experience and his execution is outstanding. He’s one of the best.”
The 3rd T20I series will be played on Tuesday, 5th November.