Former England captain Eoin Morgan has commented on Jos Buttler and Co.’s lack of intent following their recent T20I series loss to South Africa. Notably, England could only manage to score 101 while chasing 192 in the final T20I against South Africa in Southampton as they lost yet another series as well.
When asked whether England’s batting was poor, Morgan told Sky Sports: “England’s strength is their aggressive batting, but they looked tentative in this game. In previous years, England would have played a lot more shots earlier as opposed to giving it more thought, more calculation. You get closer to losing the game than moving it on. Trevor Bayliss always used to talk about stamping your authority but we didn’t see that from England at all. I can’t put my finger on it because the personnel hasn’t changed that much, other than me retiring and Ben Stokes not being in this squad, and the batters, right down to No 8, are very aggressive.”
However, Eoin Morgan announced his retirement after England’s ODI series victory against the Netherlands just before their home summer started. He also retired as England’s most excellent white-ball captain, winning the 50-over World Cup in 2019 on home soil as well. On the other hand, Morgan’s successor Jos Buttler has said that the team needs a thorough introspection now. However, England and South Africa will now face each other in a three-match Test series, starting on August 17 at Lord’s.
“We do need an honest chat,” said Butler. “You don’t want to overreact to situations, but you could sense the frustration around the ground with the ‘get on with it, England’ chants. You don’t want to be associated with that. It is the first time I have heard that for a very long time, so that frustration around the group shows we weren’t managing to put on the show we want to put on.”