Our slog-overs aren’t bowling nearly as well – Morgan


Saqib Mahmood got 28 of his last left when he had to defend 30. © AFP

In the second T20I of the five-game series between England and the West Indies in Barbados, the hosts needed 61 in just three overs and with just two wickets left in the barn to pull off a raid. The comparison then came down to 30 of the last over. However, Akeal Hosein landed two limits and three sixes before the West Indies came up short on a solitary run. Chris Jordan gave up 23 runs in the 18th, while Saqib Mahmood finished with the cathartic experience of being clubbed for 28 runs in the last over.

To make matters worse for the tourists, this wasn’t the first time bowling had come under scrutiny in the slog-overs. In last year’s T20 World Cup semi-final in Abu Dhabi, New Zealand needed 57 from just four overs, but the target was chased with one left to spare. Incidentally, until then, in T20Is, no team had scored so many points in the last four overs to go chasing a goal.

Eoin Morgan, the English skipper, admitted that his side needs to improve its execution in the slogovers. “Every team in the world is trying to get better at it,” he said after the one-point win. “It’s the hardest course in T20 cricket, death bowling. The conditions got a little better towards the end – the ball slipped unlike our innings in the first innings – but in the end we have to find better ways. Our execution was long not as good as we’d like,” he added.

Morgan noted that the plan was to bowl wide from the off-stump and use the long side of the boundary to limit the opposition. Unfortunately for England, only tall Reece Topley managed to carry out the plans. The left-armed bowler threw wide from off-stump, in addition to mixing his lengths to narrow it down to just eight runs in the penultimate over.

“We are, we’re just getting it wrong. Most of our plan today was to bowl Yorkers, use the long side, and we missed. That’s brutally fair. The guys are always honest with the execution to try and move On [and to] identify areas where we can get better – this is definitely one of them.

“They’re games you want to play in. Looking back at construction in the” [2021] World Cup we didn’t play a lot of tight matches to work on our death-hitting and our death bowling, so today is a good example of that. The more experience, hopefully, the better we will be at performing,” he said.

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