Sep 17 2013
Eoin Morgan was disappointed with England's faulty run chase as they lost their NatWest Series decider against Australia by 49 runs at the Ageas Bowl.
England appeared likely to have to pass a much bigger total than the tourists' eventual 298 all out when Shane Watson (143) and Australia captain Michael Clarke (76) were sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 163.
But Ben Stokes (five for 61) and debutant Chris Jordan (three for 51) limited the damage substantially and gave England fresh hope of edging the one-day international series under lights.
Instead, they shot themselves in the foot with two run-outs - Kevin Pietersen going for a golden duck after a mix-up with his opening partner Michael Carberry - and Ravi Bopara's 62 was not enough to get them close.
Asked if he thought England ought to have had a chance of pulling off the ground-record chase, Morgan said: "Yes, absolutely.
"At one stage, they looked like getting about 350. So to restrict them to under 300 on a very good wicket, we felt it was a chaseable total."
From the moment Pietersen went in the first over, however, an England success never looked likely as Mitchell Johnson again cranked up the pace and James Faulkner finished with three for 38.
"It was disappointing not to get closer, or even over the line," added Morgan.
"Two run-outs don't help.
"We lost wickets throughout the whole innings, didn't have a substantial innings from any individual or a big partnership.
"They are components of a big chase. So it didn't go well."
England were without both frontline seamer Steven Finn and regular number three Jonathan Trott.
It is not thought likely at this stage that their respective side strain and back spasms will prove serious, but Trott's last-minute misfortune in particular was no help to England.
"It was literally five minutes before the toss, (coach) Ash (Ashley Giles) came down (and told me)," said Morgan.
"I haven't seen (Trott) for most of the day since then.
"It's just like a back spasm - he's jarred it - and we had to change.
"But we are a tightly-knit squad, and we know it can change any minute.
"The guys who are missing out are quite aware of what can happen. It's just something you've got to deal with."
Australia have had much to deal with too this summer, including an early elimination from the Champions Trophy and then a 3-0 Ashes defeat.
Captain Clarke said: "For a lot of people, this series did not mean a lot. But to us it meant a great deal.
"We have not performed as we would have liked as a unit in one-day international cricket in recent years here, and this is a great reward for everyone's hard work.
"Everyone in our dressing-room is excited, and so they should be because we deserved this win."