World Cup T20: Eoin Morgan insists ‘you can’t complain about anything’ England did in defeat to New Zealand
Eoin Morgan insists that “ nothing can be blamed ” that England did in the T20 World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand and says he is “ incredibly proud to be the leader ” as hints that he will continue his captaincy in Australia.
- New Zealand beat England by five wickets to reach the World Cup final
- Jimmy Neesham inspired New Zealand to victory, breaking 27 of just 11 balls
- They then successfully chased a target of 167 thanks to Daryl Mitchell.
- But England captain Eoin Morgan says he can’t blame his team after the loss.
Captain Eoin Morgan claimed that he “ couldn’t fail at anything ” in England’s performance when they crashed in the T20 World Cup against New Zealand.
New Zealand ended England’s hopes at the T20 World Cup, beating them by five wickets in a thrilling semi-final to play against Pakistan or Australia in Sunday’s final.
England got off to a stuttering start before Moeen Ali struck out 51 and Dawid Malan hit 41 to help the post 166-4 at Zayed Cricket Ground.
A dejected Eoin Morgan (right) insisted he was ‘extremely proud’ of England despite the defeat
But the black caps enacted revenge for the 2019 ODI World Cup final when they chased 167 thanks to Jimmy Neesham breaking 27 with just 11 balls and Daryl Mitchell bombing 72, not 47 balls.
Despite the loss, Eoin Morgan insisted that he was “extremely proud” of his team.
“Going into the game we knew that both sides were very close. New Zealand beat us today. Unfortunately, in a tight game we came out on the wrong side of the stick.
I can’t complain about anything we’ve done tonight. We have fought incredibly hard during this tournament. We have represented ourselves incredibly well, but tonight we have fallen short. I am very proud of the boys
England captain congratulates New Zealander Daryl Mitchell who crushed 72 not out
A late burst of six from Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham (pictured) inspired New Zealand
‘It is difficult to identify the key moments. I thought we were in the right game from our innings to the end of the 17th. They built until they had to push the button and then they came out fine. I thought we had kept them at bay until then.
‘We are a six hit team and we fight to hit them. We hold on, change our game plan, and post a score on par. We feel good in the game halfway. Given the start we had, taking early terrain, it couldn’t have gone better. ”
England seemed to be in the driver’s seat from the start when New Zealand hit, but Neesham inspired the Black Caps to make a comeback.
Morgan thought they were “ in the right game from their innings to the end of the 17th ”
The star hitter revived New Zealand’s hopes and after his departure, Mitchell stepped up to see him on the line.
After the semifinal, Morgan praised Neesham’s ability, saying: ‘Having the ability to go out and hit sixes from the first ball like that is not something everyone has. All credit to him. He influenced the game in favor of the Black Caps.
In addressing his own future as captain, the 35-year-old stood firm in his commitment to remain in next year’s tournament.
When asked if he would be there for the next edition in Australia, he said: ‘Yes, I hope so, I am still offering enough within the team. I love playing cricket right now for that locker room.
‘The guys give it their all, they are at the forefront of change on and off the pitch and we have a lot to be proud of. I’m incredibly proud to be the leader. ‘