Peter Moores’ side were eliminated at the group stages following a miserable Pool A campaign that began with heavy losses to Australia and New Zealand – their fate sealed by a 15-run defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in Adelaide on Monday.??
Morgan, 28, replaced Alastair Cook just two months ago but has struggled for form with the bat and his duck against Bangladesh was his second in a competition where he averaged just 18.
But Downton said: “The reality is that Eoin was appointed literally two months ago. As an individual, I think he’s done a really good job at leading that group.
“He’ll be desperately disappointed that he hasn’t scored more runs because every captain wants to lead from the front.
“He started with a hundred against Australia in the Tri-Series and we hoped that this would really free him up but he’s going through a spell at the moment where he’s not getting runs.”
Moores was equally defensive of head coach Peter Moores, who returned in April 2014 for a second spell at the helm.??
Downton said: “From the coach’s point of view, I was one of the panel that appointed Peter 10 months ago. One of the reasons for that was he’s a hugely experienced coach.??Whoever took this job was going to have a really difficult job.
“We had a side that broke up in Australia, we had to introduce new players and??part of dealing with it – which was obviously going to be pressurised – was that??experience.
“We’re very early into an appointment. Much as we’d like to change things??instantly, it takes time. Look at New Zealand and where they were with their one-day cricket two years??ago – it takes time to bring things through.
“We had a very successful team between 2009 and 2013, we have to rebuild??again.??There are no shortcuts. We have to back our players, invest in them and in??time we will be back there again.”
One of the main criticisms being levelled at England in the wake of their failure is a perceived lack of aggression tactically, but Downton said:??”We’ve tried to be much more aggressive.
“What has struck me has been how much influence T20 is having on one-day??cricket and a lot of our players don’t play much T20 cricket so that is clearly??something we have to look at.
“The big message from this World Cup has been you have to attack, you have to??look to get wickets and you attack with the bat.
“We have a talented bunch of players but they’re very inexperienced.??What happened in Australia a year ago is still having an impact on us – we??still haven’t found our best combinations yet.
“That will happen. I think we have an exciting group of young players to work??with.”