Eoin Morgan taking positives after T20 defeat to New Zealand

Morgan taking positives
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Eoin Morgan says that there are "plenty of positives" to take from tonight's T20 defeat to New Zealand.

Captain Eoin Morgan was upbeat tonight despite his side's defeat to New Zealand in the first of a two-game Twenty20 series.

In a high-scoring affair at The Oval, hosts England fell five runs short of the 201 total set by New Zealand - their highest ever in a T20 match against England.

The defeat comes just two days after England's narrow loss to India in the final of the Champions Trophy and Morgan is much happier now than he was after that game.

"Obviously it's not as frustrating as the other day, that was a huge opportunity missed whereas tonight was a great performance with plenty of positives to take from it, and moving forward with the young guys that we have it's a great prospect," Morgan told Sky Sports News.

England could be boosted by the return of Kevin Pietersen for the second clash against the Black Caps on Thursday and Morgan added that he would "love" to have KP back.

"We'd obviously love to have him back. We'll discuss where he fits into the side," he said.

Thursday's match is also at The Oval and you can follow live updates here on Sports Mole from around 6pm.

England's Jos Buttler in action during the third ODI against New Zealand on June 5, 2013
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