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England vs Scotland: We’re not rating ourselves against other teams, says Eoin Morgan

England entered the match after losses to Australia and NZ, desperate to avoid a third straight loss.

By: Associated Press | Christchurch |
February 23, 2015 8:24:52 pm
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In the normal course of events an England cricket win over Scotland wouldn’t be a feat of great significance. In its context Monday, however, achieved with its form and confidence at a low ebb, England’s 119-run Cricket World Cup win over Scotland was something the squad could embrace and celebrate. (Full Coverage| Points table| Fixtures)

Scorecard: England vs Scotland

England entered the match after demoralizing losses to Australia and New Zealand, desperate to avoid a third straight loss which might lead to an early exit from the tournament. It needed first to subdue a Scotland team which believed it could win, then required individual players out of form to find form for the team good.

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The performance England produced was convincing if not complete, good enough for captain Eoin Morgan.

“A lot of positives to take from today (Monday) – we went three or four games when we didn’t perform as a side and today (Monday) we put in a good performance,” Morgan said. “So if we can build on that and, like today (Monday), guys put in individual performance … I’ll be happy.”

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Morgan wasn’t prepared to say England had turned a corner: its 111-run loss to Australia and eight-wicket loss to New Zealand are too fresh and too painful. Nor would he rate England against other teams in Pool A after three of its six pool matches, taking small satisfaction from the improvement it showed on Monday.

“We’re not rating ourselves against other teams,” Morgan said. “It’s a matter of focusing exactly on what we do and trying to produce it as often or as consistently as possible.

“In your head I think you can be guilty of building up a tournament, convincing yourself you have to play your best throughout a tournament and hammer every side in order to win it, to gain confidence. The games I’ve watched haven’t shown that at all – strong sides have been beaten and again it’s about getting points on the board.”

Morgan was able to alleviate some of the concern around his individual form with a late innings of 46 from 42 balls.

“It’s obviously nice to spend a bit of time at the wicket and get some runs, given my run of low scores,” he said. “The bounce here was a little bit different, the wicket slowed up a lot so it took time to get the pace of it.

“Having lost (Ian Bell and Moeen Ali) in the space of five overs it was difficult to rotate strike. I came in in the middle of the powerplay as well and it’s not easy to come in and bang it from ball one so it was a bit more of a calculted and reserved innings today.”

England next plays Sri Lanka on Sunday and Morgan called for consistency as his team tries to press on toward the tournament quarterfinals.

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