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Morgan: I don’t set expectations and barriers for my team

Sunday, Mar 27, 2016,13:57 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | England captain Eoin Morgan has said that he did not come into the ICC World T20 with an aim of achieving a specific target but the endeavour has always been to get the best out of the available resources.

Asked if he had expected at the start that England will qualify for the semi-finals, Morgan said: I don’t expect a great deal to be honest. I don’t set expectations, barriers or limitations. It’s all about getting the best out of what we have and at the moment and we seem to be doing that. If we do that from here on in, we put ourselves in really good position.

Morgan is happy that the T20 unit has shown a lot of character in recent times by winning pressure games.

It gives us a great deal of confidence. I think in three of our wins we’ve had to show an immense amount of character, having to chase down 230 (vs SA) and then against Afghanistan, we put our backs against the wall early. We had to fight quite hard.

And today was completely different in the way we were way ahead of the game, had them 4 down quite early and then Angelo (Mathews) got them back into the game. It sort of asked a completely different question of us.

With the bat we adapted a lot better than we did against Afghanistan, we showed we are capable of playing both smart cricket and aggressive cricket. I think we’ve struggled to do that in the last six to eight months or so. It’s an area, we are constantly trying to improve. But today, we went a long way to doing that, a satisfied Morgan said.

The first 15 overs that we batted, we weren’t cautious but were on the smart side, and given the value of having two in batsman for the last five or so overs, the impact it can have with guys like Jos Buttler in and set, had a big impact on the game.