England’s batsmen were “right” to take risks but the execution was “not up to scratch” in Twenty20 tri-series defeat by Australia, says captain Eoin Morgan.
From 94-2 in the 10th over, the tourists lost six wickets for 33 runs, before recovering to post 155-9.
Glenn Maxwell hit a sublime 103 not out to guide Australia to a five-wicket win in England’s first game of the series.
“The risks we took were the right ones but the execution wasn’t good enough,” Morgan told Test Match Special.
“We’ve seen in the past when we’ve scored upwards of 170, 180, we play all these beautiful and carefree shots, but here the execution was not up to scratch.”
Morgan, Jos Buttler and Sam Billings were all caught after miscuing shots, while Dawid Malan picked out a fielder on the boundary after reaching his fifty and David Willey was stumped the next ball off Maxwell, who took 3-10.
“It is a game of risk so you do have to gamble at certain stages,” added Morgan.
“We always maintain that if you take the gamble in your favour, you have the full backing of the changing room to do it – we just didn’t hit the nail on the head and ended up being 20 to 25 runs short.”
Australia, who beat New Zealand in the series opener on Saturday, host England in Melbourne on Saturday at 08:20 GMT.