Cape Town - England captain Eoin Morgan says the defeat against Sri
Lanka in the fifth and final ODI on Tuesday will give the team an opportunity
to learn, even if it was a dead rubber.
Sri Lanka sealed an emphatic 219-run (D/L method) win after
posting a record total of 366/6 and then restricting the visitors to 132/9 in
26 overs before rain brought the game to a close.
Even though the visitors had already won the five-match
series and made several changes to the team for the final game, with Morgan
himself sitting out, the England skipper was critical of his team.
Morgan said after the game: "For 50 overs today we were
under serious pressure and we didn't have a lot of answers.
"That gives us a good opportunity to go back and look
at everything from preparation right down to the end result. That's always
better when you've been put under a lot of pressure.
"We didn't take our game forward today. There were
areas it went backwards. Our fielding was extremely poor, our attitude was very
poor and that has to be addressed. We'll have to break down everything from
"Did we do too much the day before the game? Did we
overcook ourselves? We might have been a little bit fatigued. I don't know.
"We will break it down and find an answer because
otherwise we're just papering over the cracks which is not what we want to
Morgan and his side will now prepare for the one-off T20I on
Saturday before the teams clash in a three-match Test series.