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Cricket news - 'We didn't adapt' - Morgan, Bayliss on England's latest batting blooper
Eoin Morgan lamented a "terrible" display from England's batsmen as they relinquished the fifth ODI and thus the series in humbling fashion.
A harrowing seven-wicket defeat in Saint Lucia was rubber stamped by a masterclass from Chris Gayle but was set in motion by a dreadful first innings which saw the tourists skittles for 113. Young quick Oshane Thomas was the major benefactor, nabbing five for 21 - his first five-wicket haul in ODI cricket.
The bounce suited the taller quicks, and while West Indies did bowl perfectly for the conditions, with Jason Holder setting appropriate fields, at no point did England change their plans. Attacking from the get-go worked perfectly in Grenada when they posted 418 for six in the fourth ODI.
But matters here called for a measured approached. It was not forthcoming. Gayle's 77 from 27 balls saw West Indies polish off the match with seven wickets and 227 balls to spare.
"We didn't adapt," Morgan admitted afterwards. "It was a terrible batting performance which is a disappointing way to end the series. We need to learn from the experience."
"It was evident from the first two overs," Morgan said. "You could see it from the changing room. We did have that conversation. But we didn't adapt. Trying to curb your natural ability, to try to go from high-risk to low-risk and still get a score in the morning that will be good enough in the afternoon, is difficult."
This was another example of England not adjusting to what was laid out before them and another reason why some fans question their tag as World Cup favourites. In the 2017 Champions Trophy semi-final against Pakistan, the hosts were undone on a demanding surface which required them to go through the gears steadily.
In trying to shirt straight to fifth, they were bowled out for 211 and Pakistan, the eventual Champions Trophy winners, chased the target down with eight wickets in hand.
"When we come up in conditions for the first time it has gone wrong," said Morgan. "When we've come back in conditions that are similar to where we've made mistakes, we've actually played really well. It's easy to gloss over things like that because when we play well some of our guys make things look quite easy.
"We learned from that Champions Trophy defeat. We went away from home and played on slow, low wickets and improved our game from that experience.
"This was a surface that we rarely come up against. It was just the bounce. And I don't think we dealt and adapted with that. We continued to play as if we were on the same pitch in Grenada. A low-risk shot there was high-risk today."
The England captain's words were echoed by those of head coach Trevor Bayliss. The Australian, whose term in charge will be judged more harshly if World Cup success is not forthcoming, admitted bouncy pitches have proved to be a glaring weakness for this England team in both white and red ball cricket.
"It was a poor performance," said Bayliss. "There were some woeful shots, and obviously after that we were never in the game.
"We still haven't adapted. We didn't adapt at all. We found during the Test series that the bouncier wickets were our Achilles' heel, we don't often get to play on too many bouncy wickets in England, and it's certainly not a strength of ours."
With this series drawn, England could actually lose their number one ranking to India, who are currently hosting Australia. But that will not change the thinking that this team have what it takes to win this summer's World Cup.
A preliminary squad will be named by April 23, with a month to fine-tune with ODIs against Ireland and Pakistan before a concrete 15 has to be submitted by May 22.
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