Wellington: Eoin Morgan has admitted that his team were “outskilled” by a rampant New Zealand side, as they were hammered to a defeat by eight wickets in Wellington, their second big World Cup loss following that to Australia a week ago.
But he denied that there will be panic changes when England meet Scotland in Christchurch on Monday. Bowled out for just 123, their third lowest total in 11 World Cups, Tim Southee taking seven for 33, they were further humiliated by Brendon McCullum, who backed up his outstanding captaincy by hitting 77 from 25 balls, with eight fours and seven sixes, as the Black Caps won with the first power play barely done, and an incredible 226 balls to spare.
“I have disappointment more than anything,” Morgan said after the match. “Credit has to be given to New Zealand for the way they bowled and fielded.
“But when we are not doing our basics well we are being exposed by good teams and we have seen that here. We are not doing our basics right and we are not reproducing what we practice. These first two games, against Australia and New Zealand, we knew would be difficult playing against two of the favourites in their home conditions.
“We envisaged, or foresaw a future of having lost our first two games but not by these amounts. We can still make the quarter-finals but the sooner we start winning and getting momentum the better. In the first game against Australia we were under par and I could see us being tentative but here we were outskilled.”