Morgan: We won’t panic

Morgan’s men were skittled out for 123 in 33.3 overs at The Westpac Stadium – Tim Southee (7-33) recording the best ODI figures for a New Zealander and the third best in all World Cups – before Brendon McCullum’s brutal 77 off 25 balls helped steer the Black Caps home in 12.2 overs.

England now sit rock bottom of Pool A ahead of Sunday’s encounter with Scotland, but Morgan says he won’t “panic” when it comes to team selection.

“I don’t want to go into a state of panic where we make three or four changes in the one game,” said Morgan, who also admitted that he made a mistake by opting to bat first against New Zealand.

“That’s certainly not what I’m about. I’ve always believed in making good decisions and backing the right players at the right time.

“At the moment, we have a squad of players where any of them can play, but the XI that played today I believed were the best to win??the game.

“If conditions change, we’ll change plans accordingly, but just because we were outperformed today doesn’t necessarily mean I’m binning anybody for [the next game].”

England’s eight-wicket loss to New Zealand was the second thrashing of the week, following their 111-run reverse against Australia at a packed-out Melbourne Cricket Ground on Valentine’s Day.

Morgan says he always anticipated the clashes with both co-hosts being tough but feels his side’s displays have been below the required standard.

“These first two games against two favourites were going to be difficult games playing but there’s no way we should be beaten by this amount,” he said.

“Maybe we were out-skilled against New Zealand but certainly in the first game we played against Australia we were way below par.

“We are not doing our basics right and we are not reproducing what we practice.

“We???re very disappointed so things are pretty quiet at the moment but over the next day or so everyone will look at themselves individually and how they can improve.

“I think collectively we’re going to have to get tighter as a group, too, and produce performances that we’ve been searching for.”

Morgan, though, was buoyed slightly by his mild return to form, the captain notching a patient 17 off 41 balls following four ducks and a score of two in his five previous innings.

“I feel a lot better after today,” he added. “I have struggled these last couple of innings but having some time in the middle has certainly helped. I am probably further along than I was earlier this week.”

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