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'Rustiness' cost England against Windies, says Morgan

17 September, 2017, 22:31 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • At least three injured as cricket stand COLLAPSES during England T20 international against West Indies in horror scenes

West Indies responded to their Test series defeat by reminding England why they are World Twenty20 champions on a perishingly cold night in the North-East.

As the captain and bowler of some incisive overs, Carlos Brathwaite again pulled the strings, capturing three wickets including the risky Alex Hales and...

Alex Hales ensured England got off to a fine start in their reply, hitting 43 off just 17 balls as he looks to stake a claim for the Ashes, but Windies took regular wickets and showed the form which enabled them to become World T20 champions previous year.

West Indies had failed to build upon a typically explosive start from Chris Gayle and fellow opener Evin Lewis, and were restricted to 176 for nine from their allocation of 20 overs, after they were sent in to bat under cloudy skies.

England's reply had started in the worst possible way when Jason Roy hit Jerome Taylor's first delivery of the innings to point and was well caught by Evin Lewis.

But Morgan understands that the shortest format must play its part in England's long game, particularly with an Australia tour on the horizon.

England and West Indies begin a five-match one-day global series in Manchester on Tuesday.

Barthwaite (3/20) and Williams (3/35) wrapped up the tail with England slumping to 155 all out to lose the T20I by 21 runs.

The hosts needed 26 off the last over and Brathwaite, fittingly, ended the match when he bowled Liam Plunkett.

While thankful for having won West Indies a trophy off his own bat, Brathwaite's goal now is for consistent global success.

The third over saw Gayle smash left-arm paceman Willey for two successive sixes - a pull followed by a straight drive.

But July saw him return to West Indies duty in a Twenty20 global against India in Kingston.

The Trinidadian, however, was out soon afterwards when he drove Plunkett to Root at mid-off.

The best of his four maximums went like a tracer bullet over cover off Chris Jordan, before Lewis got in on the act by taking 16 from Tom Curran's first three balls of the sixth over.

Their main priority for now is to pick up their performance levels for the five-match one-day series which begins at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

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