New Delhi: Today's ICC World T20 semi-final clash against New Zealand is almost like a 'home' match for England at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
England skipper Eoin Morgan addresses the media in New Delhi yesterday. Pics/AFP
England have been in the Indian capital for over a week, where they have played two matches — first against Afghanistan and then versus Sri Lanka — before they sealed their semi-final spot to finish second in Group 1.
That's the reason skipper Eoin Morgan said in yesterday's pre-match media conference that "the team is quite settled here."
The main worry for him though is that his bowlers do not leak too many runs. Although England's batsmen have put up enough runs on the board on most occasions in the tournament, their bowlers have been guilty of conceding too many runs.
England pacer Chris Jordan bowls in the nets at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi yesterday
"From here on, if we keep scoring more than we concede, we'll be alright," said Morgan with a hearty laugh, replying to a question regarding this issue.
England scored 182-6 in their World T20 opener, but West Indies successfully surpassed that. In the second match, South Africa posted 229-4, but thanks to Joe Root's stunning knock, England beat the Proteas in a thriller at the Wankhede Stadium. Then, England's bowlers just about managed to keep Afghanistan and Sri Lanka from chasing their totals here.
"Our strength, up until the T20s in South Africa, was our batting. Coming out of South Africa, our bowlers were brilliant, but we didn't give them a lot to play with. They came up with different ways and ideas of stopping people scoring and taking wickets. That is something we have tried to encourage. Tomorrow, if the wicket is as good as it looks, we are going to have to come up with different ideas and different skills of stopping New Zealand from scoring runs. That experience alone should hold us in good stead," said Morgan.