Eoin Morgan insists he ‘can’t fault anything’ England did in T20 World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand and says he is ‘incredibly proud to be the leader’ as he hints at continuing his captaincy in Australia
- New Zealand beat England by five wickets to reach the World Cup final
- Jimmy Neesham inspired New Zealand to the win, smashing 27 off just 11 balls
- They then successfully chased down a target of 167 thanks to Daryl Mitchell
- But England captain Eoin Morgan claims he can’t fault his side after the defeat
Captain Eoin Morgan claimed he ‘could not fault anything’ in England’s performance as they crashed out of the T20 World Cup to New Zealand.
New Zealand ended England’s T20 World Cup hopes, beating them by five wickets in a thrilling semi-final to play either Pakistan or Australia in Sunday’s final.
England had a stuttering start before Moeen Ali struck 51 not out and Dawid Malan made 41 to help post 166-4 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.
A dejected Eoin Morgan (right) insisted he was ‘extremely proud’ of England despite defeat
But the Black caps enacted revenge for the 2019 ODI World Cup final as they chased 167 thanks to Jimmy Neesham smashing 27 off just 11 balls and Daryl Mitchell blitzing 72 not out off 47 balls.
Despite the defeat, Eoin Morgan insisted he was ‘extremely proud’ of his team.
‘Coming into the game we knew both sides were very close. New Zealand outplayed us today. Unfortunately, in a tight game we have come out of the wrong end of the stick.
‘I can’t fault anything we’ve done tonight. We have fought unbelievably hard throughout this tournament. We’ve represented ourselves unbelievably well but tonight we have come up short. I am extremely proud of the guys
The England captain congratulates New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell who smashed 72 not out
A late flurry of sixes from Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham (pictured) inspired New Zealand
‘It’s hard to identify key moments. I thought we were right in the game from our innings right through to the 17th over. They built right up until they had to push the button then they came good. I thought we had held them at bay until that point.’
‘We are a six-hitting side and we struggled to hit them. We hung in there, we changed our game plan and posted around a par score. We felt right in the game at the halfway stage. Given the start we had, taking early wickets, it couldn’t have gone any better.’
England looked to be in the driving seat early on as New Zealand batted but Neesham inspired the Black Caps to a comeback.
Morgan thought they were ‘right in the game from their innings right through to the 17th over’
The star batsman revived New Zealand’s hopes and after he departed, Mitchell stepped up to see his side over the line.
Following the semi-final, Morgan praised Neesham’s ability, saying: ‘To have an ability to come out and hit sixes from ball one like that is not something everyone has. Full credit to him. He swayed the game in the Black Caps’s favour.’
Addressing his own future as captain, the 35-year-old was firm in his commitment to staying on for next year’s tournament.
Asked if he would be there for the next edition in Australia, he said: ‘Yeah I hope so, I’m still offering enough within the side. I absolutely love playing cricket at the moment for that changing room.
‘The guys give everything, they’re at the forefront of change on and off the field and we’ve a lot of things to be proud about. I’m incredibly proud to be the leader.’
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