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England captain defends selection after loss

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England captain Eoin Morgan has defended the decision to play only four frontline bowlers after his side's 88-run loss to Australia in the second one-day international.

Batting first, Australia scored a record ODI score against England in the UK of 315-7 with England fielding only Boyd Rankin, Steven Finn, Ben Stokes and James Tredwell as the bowling attack.

In response England were all out for 227 off 44.2 overs in an innings which included an opening contribution of 60 from Kevin Pietersen and a 65-ball 75 from Jos Buttler.

"I don't think we were a bowler short, but we weren't particularly happy with our bowling performance," said Morgan.

"I'm not concerned by the balance of the side. We have a lot of bowling options. Not enough people put their hand up today."

After the summer's Ashes series - and with the return Tests beginning in Australia in November - the decision was made to rest the likes of James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad.

And with Tim Bresnan out because of a back injury England have been left with limited experience in the bowler's they can turn to with the third ODI coming up at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Somerset 19-year-old Jamie Overton and Sussex quickie Chris Jordan are the potential options if the hosts do decide to change things before Wednesday's game.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke was happy with his team's performance in the win but is looking for further improvement from his side.

"It's an important series - and as I said before we haven't played as well as we'd like, certainly in the shorter form of the game, over in the UK for the past few years," he said.

"Today's only the start. We've got three more really important games and hope we can continue to perform the way we have.

"We've just got to make sure we keep working hard and keep trying to get better - because there's no doubt England will get better from today."

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