England v New Zealand: Morgan backs Duckworth-Lewis change

Eoin Morgan bats
Eoin Morgan has scored 138 runs in two innings in the ODI series

Captain Eoin Morgan has backed a change to the Duckworth-Lewis system after rain and a revised target thwarted England's hopes of beating New Zealand in the second one-day international.

Chasing 399, England needed 54 runs off 37 balls to win when play was stopped.

But when the match resumed, Duckworth-Lewis was used to give England a new target of 34 off 13 balls.

"Personally I think Duckworth-Lewis will change as the game evolves," Morgan said.

What is the Duckworth-Lewis system?
A mathematical formulation designed to calculate the target score for the team batting second in a limited-overs cricket match interrupted by weather.
Where overs are lost, it calculates a revised target based on the score achieved by the first team, taking into account the second team's wickets lost and overs played.
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"That's something that potentially could be looked at. Everything else in the game has changed."

Despite Friday's 13-run defeat at The Oval, Morgan said he was proud of his team's effort.

"The way we went about the chase, all credit goes to the guys," he said. "It's not a bad day for us, it's a continuation of the way we want to play.

"The guys were willing to take 398 on, throw themselves at it and have the ability to throw themselves at it. It was very entertaining."

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum also acknowledged England's dramatic improvement since their dismal displays at the World Cup.

"This England team are playing a completely different brand of cricket to what they've played in recent times," he said.

"Both teams put up a hell of a fight and neither team probably deserved to lose."

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