Cricket World Cup 2015: Eoin Morgan defends England tactics

By Stephan ShemiltBBC Sport at the World Cup
England captain Eoin Morgan (left) with James Anderson (right)
Eoin Morgan has won three of his first 10 games since being appointed England captain
Cricket World Cup: England v Bangladesh, Pool A
Venue: Adelaide Oval Date: Monday, 9 March Start time: 03:30 GMT
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Captain Eoin Morgan has denied that England have been over-reliant on statistics at the World Cup.

Former skipper Michael Vaughan has described England as "predictable", while ex-batsman Geoffrey Boycott told the players to "think for yourself".

Morgan said: "The majority of plans can go out of the window one or two overs in. That is probably my strength."

Defeat by Bangladesh in Pool A in Adelaide on Monday will end England's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

They have lost heavily to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in three of their first four games.

After the nine-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka in Wellington, in which their score of 309 was overhauled with 16 balls to spare, Morgan attracted criticism by saying: "Going in at halfway, we were 25 above par. The stats backed that up."

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew:
"I've watched England play one-day cricket for 25 years and they have never been liberated in the way other teams are. They look restricted, worried, concerned. I don't know how this will change unless we can get a coach from overseas or someone who will change the culture. They are shackled. It's not just this group - they have never been liberated."

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew said bowler Stuart Broad "has an iPhone full of information" about opposition batsmen.

Boycott, who played 108 Tests for England, criticised the influence of coach Peter Moores.

"If he's filling their heads with information about opponents, that's blackboard stuff," Boycott told BBC Radio 5 live.

"The players aren't at school. They are supposed to be well paid, highly intelligent, professional cricketers.

"When you get into a pressure situation, that's when you have to think for yourself.

"He's not for me Peter Moores. He's a nice lad - have tea with him - but that sort of management is not good."

England's World Cup
Lost to Australia by 111 runs, Melbourne
Lost to New Zealand by eight wickets, Wellington
Beat Scotland by 119 runs, Christchurch
Lost to Sri Lanka by nine wickets, Wellington
v Bangladesh, Adelaide, 16 March
v Afghanistan, Sydney, 20 March

Morgan, appointed skipper in December after Alastair Cook was dropped, said his on-field decisions are not based solely on statistics.

"Your gut feel as a captain and your past experiences are very important," said the 28-year-old.

"It's also very important that you're in the right state of mind to realise what's going on around you, rather than sticking to a strict plan."

England will be knocked out of the World Cup if they lose either of their final two group matches against Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The results in those matches will be insignificant if Bangladesh beat New Zealand in their last game, as it would ensure the Tigers progressed to the last eight.

Batsman Gary Ballance remains under pressure after making only 36 runs in four innings, with Alex Hales in line to replace him.

"Gary and Alex have always been competing for that batting spot," said Morgan. "It will be a tight call when it comes to it on Monday."

Pool A
QNew Zealand4400+3.598
2Sri Lanka4310+0.136