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We weren't our best again with the ball: Eoin Morgan

By Nilabh Aole -

England skipper Eoin Morgan has admitted that most of the England players will be available for the auction for the forthcoming season of the Indian Premier League. He is looking forward to this year's auction.

Talking to reporters, Morgan said, "Yes, I do and a lot of them will be available for the auction this year. Hopefully, they will be picked up and playing the majority of the games. That's the best case scenario. It's with our skill level. The belief is there, the character is there, talent is there - it's reproducing your skill level. As I mentioned, India is a tough side to beat at home. You need to have the skill level. The guys playing the IPL I believe will set them up."

During the post-match conference, Morgan also conceded, "Although the series is gone, looking further ahead, it's still to be a good test for us as we prepare for the Champions Trophy. The wickets are not turning square, it's not the typical India, it's actually modern-day 50-over cricket challenge."

In the second ODI at Cuttack, the visitors were chasing 382 and the skipper showed a brilliant effort of 102 from 81 balls but didn't able to help his team to cross the line as the hosts have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead going into the final match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on January 22.

Talking about the match, Morgan said, "You're learning all the time, given the conditions. It's different from what we're are used to. The grounds have been very similar, very small, very batting-friendly which continues to be the case for white-ball cricket. It's almost the case of who bats the best wins. And we haven't produced our best with the bat. We've pushed them close twice, there are positives signs within themselves, but as you said we've lost the series."

Criticizing the bowling performance, Morgan said, "We weren't our best again with the ball, we took early wickets, which is a really good sign but letting two experienced guys get themselves in like that. We didn't produce our best performance or anywhere near our best performance with the ball, in this game and the last, which is very disappointing. Chasing 382, we had an incredible amount of belief in the changing room, we believed that we could chase it down, and again we went far off."

Praising the duo of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, Morgan said, "Within their side, there are a few 2011 World Cup winners and of course having that experience and coming up against these sides in world competitions is a big test for us. You have got to produce close to the best to beat them when they are at their best and we haven't managed to do that. Again, we have another chance, another opportunity to do that in Kolkata."

Morgan smashed his eighth ODI century, expressing his thoughts about that he said, "When you don't execute your plans, you're obviously backtracking a bit and chasing a tail, and just trying to try different things. A bowler doesn't get a ride on the day which can happen all the time, you try different things. When you're trying different things the two guys who are in, they can really hurt and today they did."

He further conceded, "It doesn't work like that. It's actually the opposite way. Pretty disappointing day. Anytime you get runs, more often than not, you're in the team, you perform, the side wins. But when you lose, there is absolutely no satisfaction."

Morgan concluded by talking about the captaincy changes, he said, "You are captain, you are playing professional cricket for your country, you want to perform, you have to perform. There's always pressure, it's a privileged position to be in."

Nilabh Aole

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