Captain Eoin Morgan emerged disappointed and critical, after England slumped to a hefty 219-run defeat to Sri Lanka in Tuesday’s rain-affected fifth ODI in Colombo.
Sri Lanka amassed an impressive 366 for six, before restricting the opposition to 132 for nine. Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella was named Man of the Match, after scoring a superb 95.
‘We didn’t take our game forward. 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 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,’ said Morgan.
“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 do.’
All-rounder Sam Curran endured a particularly difficult day, conceding 46 runs in six wicketless overs – and scoring just two.
‘Sam has only played his second ODI here. If we’re going to be serious about considering him as a potential replacement, if David Willey is injured for the World Cup squad, we need to know more about him,’ added Morgan.
‘If Sam’s name goes down on that paper we know what his strengths and weaknesses are now, and we try to improve them as we go along. He needs games under his belt.
‘When you leave yourself out the one thing you don’t want to compromise is winning the game. That’s the best environment to learn from. But on the other hand you want to see the players who come in be challenged and put under pressure. That’s one thing we definitely saw here.’