We trust Liam Livingstone's bowling a lot: Eoin Morgan

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We trust Liam Livingstone's bowling a lot: Eoin Morgan

The England all-rounder came away with figures of 2 for 22 in the semi-final against New Zealand

England lost a closely-fought ICC T20 World Cup semi-final by five wickets n Wednesday (November 10) against New Zealand. As a result, the Blackcaps made it to their first-ever T20 World Cup final. 

England captain Eoin Morgan said that he is devasted to have lost the semi-final, but is proud of the way his team performed. "We're devastated. To be on the wrong side of a close game is not easy to take. I thought we fought unbelievably well today on a wicket that didn't necessarily suit our batting, but we managed to post in and around a par score. We were brilliant with the ball," Morgan said at the post-match press conference.

When asked to explain his comments on the pitch not suiting England's style of batting, Morgan said, "we like pitches where you can free yourselves up and get after the opposition. Today we didn't feel as if we could do that, both the pitch being a little bit slower but also full credit to the Black Caps."

"They were very disciplined in the lines and lengths that they bowled, the use of slower balls, and their spinners bowled well," he added.

Morgan does not think the dew also had a major impact.  "I don't think it was a huge impact. Maybe a little bit. But the Black Caps have still outplayed us. We know the dew is around. We were still right in the game. I don't think it was a major factor, maybe an advantage slightly but not a major factor," he said.

Liam Livingstone finished with figures of 2 for 22 in his four overs, which included the wickets of Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips. He did not bowl a single over for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) recently, but Morgan says he has faith in Livingstone's bowling. Livingstone was England's fifth bowling option in this match.

"Liam takes a new ball for Lancashire. He makes a huge impact with them, obviously with a hundred. Playing for the Birmingham Phoenix he does a very similar role. People call him a part-timer He's not, he's an all-rounder. We trust his bowling a lot," the England captain said.

England's next limited-overs assignment will be the five-match T20I series, starting January 22, 2022, in Barbados

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