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Morgan plays down slump in form after another duck

February 14, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — When the England team starts working out how to come back from its massive opening World Cup loss to Australia, the form of its captain could be high on the agenda.

Eoin Morgan was dismissed for a duck Saturday as England suffered a demoralizing 111-run loss to Australia in their first Pool A game.

Morgan somehow managed to edge Mitch Marsh’s delivery off the toe of his bat to diving wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. And while the manner of his dismissal may be new, Morgan has now amassed three ducks from his past four innings.

Despite his recent failure with the bat, Morgan maintains there is no cause for concern.

“After that dismissal, I don’t think so,” he said. “I hit the toe end, the ball probably held up a bit on the pitch. It’s not ideal getting out getting naught, but no (I’m not concerned).”

Morgan took comfort from the different types of his dismissals.

“If I were nicking every ball and getting out I’d be worried, but I’m not, I’m getting out in different ways,” he said. “It does give me confidence (to turn it around).”

England next plays New Zealand in Wellington on Feb. 20.

“I think every game the senior players should lead from the front, especially when you’re playing against a side who have been on a bit of a run,” Morgan said.

While Morgan and England’s top order failed with the bat, No. 6 James Taylor finished stranded just short of his century on 98 not out when James Anderson was incorrectly ruled to have been run out to end the match.

“Typical James Taylor. He got himself in, scored in different areas and managed to take advantage of being in,” Morgan said. “Again, these are qualities we’re looking for. Guys who can not only get 60, 40, guys who can go on and potentially win a game.”

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