Eoin Morgan: 'England played poorly'

England batsman Eoin Morgan in action for Middlesex on August 05, 2012.
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Eoin Morgan admits that England played below their usual standards during their heavy defeat to Sri Lanka in the second ODI between the teams at Durham.

Eoin Morgan has admitted that England played "poorly" during their heavy defeat to Sri Lanka in the second one-day international between the teams at Durham.

The Sri Lankans posted a solid score of 256-8 on Sunday before England were bowled out with just 99 runs on the board.

The five-match series is now levelled at 1-1 ahead of Wednesday's encounter at Old Trafford.

"I can't explain it - the ball did a little bit but we just stuttered throughout," Morgan told BBC Sport. "We lost wickets continuously throughout the whole innings and under-performed massively.

"We've been outplayed here in conditions we normally thrive on and we've played poorly."

Morgan finished the contest as England's highest scorer with a knock of 40.

Eoin Morgan in action for England against Australia.
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