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Eoin Morgan rues not getting 'basics' right against Sri Lanka
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Eoin Morgan rues not getting 'basics' right against Sri Lanka

Eoin Morgan has called on England to remain calm amid pressure situations after the World Cup hosts' shock defeat against Sri Lanka on Friday, which jeopardizes their plans of a smooth sailing into the semi-finals.

England's 20-run loss at Headingley potentially creates the scenario whereby they will have to win all their remaining games in order to confirm a spot in the top four.

England's next three games, however, are against arguably the three strongest teams of the tournament - New Zealand, Australia and India - against whom they have not won a single World Cup game since 1992.

Although Sri Lanka's total of 232-9 looked well below par against the lengthy English batting line-up, the hosts were rocked by a vintage performance from experienced campaigner Lasith Malinga, who was declared player of the match for exceptional bowling figures of 4-43.

"You look at the basics of a run chase," said Morgan. "Partnerships are very important, we struggled to get enough partnerships going.

"We had a couple of individual innings but that's not good enough to win a game."

This mark England's second defeat of the tournament while chasing as they earlier fell 14 runs short of the target set by Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

"We are going to lose games in the group stages. We didn't deserve to win the game, we still need to go back to the process that's taken us to being a strong side in the world," he said.

Morgan refused to excuse his side's defeat as a consequence of Jason Roy's absence and stressed on the importance of constructing useful partnerships while chasing a modest total on a tricky surface.

"Obviously we would love him in the side, he's a huge strength at the top of the order," said Morgan.

"But that's not why we lost the game. We bat all the way down. Every single one is quite significant because every single one could establish a partnership that could win you the game."

'When we get beaten, we come back strong'

England will take on world champions Australia at Lord's on Tuesday in what is expected to be a buzzing atmosphere.

England, though, will feel slightly burdened given their recent loss puts them in a challenging position in the points table.

Morgan relayed the simple mantra of doing the basics right in order to succeed against any opponent.

"The message is quite simple: we need to do the basics along with the way that we play as well.

"When we get beaten we tend to come back quite strong. We tend to resort to aggressive, smart, positive cricket. Let's hope that's the case on Tuesday," he said.

England have built a reputation of possessing aggressive batsmen ever ready to take charge of proceedings against bowlers over the past four years, which has been cited as the key to their ascendancy in limited overs cricket.

But their firebrand style of batting was missing in Friday's loss as a loss of wickets stemmed the flow of runs and England were unable to handle the pressure that accompanied the tight lines and lengths maintained by the Sri Lankan bowlers.

Moeen Ali's attempt to hit off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva out of the park just when he had struck a maximum on the previous ball, attracted quite a lot of criticism from former captain Michael Vaughan.

"England have not played with any smartness," said Vaughan while commentating for BBC Radio.

"The game was won when Moeen Ali hit a six and he tried to hit another. I hope we are not in an era where in the dressing room you can't say that is not good enough."