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Disappointing to lose in this manner, says england skipper

English skipper Eoin Morgan on Sunday expressed disappointment in the manner his side surrendered in the cricket tri-series final to Australia by 112 runs here but said that they will come back stronger in the World Cup beginning on February 14. England were bowled out for just 166 while chasing the 279-run target. They failed to capitalise on the strong opening bowling display as they allowed Australia to notch up 278 for eight after being reduced to 60 for 4 in the 18th over. “Winning the toss and bowling first and having them four down early was obviously brilliant but then they had a good partnership in the middle. They played well but it also encouraged us that the surface was getting better and that we could chase down anything under 300. It is disappointing, having been beaten in that fashion. One of the tests of this defeat is how we can come back from it. That’s going to be huge. We were sort of tested a little bit like this in Sri Lanka and the guys came back really well and I have no doubt they will come back really well. We made bad decisions and that is disappointing,” said Morgan at the post-match press conference, adding: “I think our biggest worry was probably the pitch. We did not know what the pitch was going to be like and it turned out to be better than we thought. I think the guys upfront bowled  well. But again, we must have put ourselves under pressure. We will reassess over the next few days and come back stronger hopefully. But again, it’s not all doom and gloom. In order to get to this final, we have played some really good cricket.” 
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