WI v Eng 2022 – Eoin Morgan left frustrated as England fail to adapt to bouncy Bridgetown
Visitors caught on the hop after dominating on flat deck in warm-up match
“[They were] actually the opposite conditions to the wicket that we played on two or three days ago,” Morgan said. “West Indies dominated the game early on: we lost early wickets [and] we didn’t seem to adapt well enough in running, which is what you have to do when challenged like that with movement and a bit of bounce.
“We’ll have to come back tomorrow, fresh gameplan, try and execute it better, because I think conditions have a chance of being very similar. It was something that we spoke about pre-game: when we come to the West Indies, probably more so in Barbados and one other island – St Lucia – there’s a little bit more bounce.
“The only thing we found tricky today [was that it] wasn’t that consistent. But again, trying to get that mindset around risk-reward, we found a challenge today. Hopefully we’ll come back better tomorrow and rectify that.”
“I think it’s a good thing,” he said. “We’ve got an opportunity tomorrow night to learn from tonight and put it right, and get a win on the board. All the boys will be really excited to go again tomorrow.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be a belter. Looking back if we’d have got 130-140, it would potentially have been a completely different game. Going into tomorrow, we’re going to have to learn and maybe take our time a little bit more and put a score on the board.
“It wasn’t very dewy out there at all. Conditions didn’t really change to be honest; I think we just didn’t get enough runs on the board for us to win. I think batting first could be the way going forward, and putting a score on the board.”
Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98