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Eoin Morgan admits England should have clinched the one-day international series against South Africa already, but is still optimistic about doing so in Cape Town.
A blitz of late hitting from Chris Morris - after he had been dropped on 14 by Adil Rashid - stole the fourth match of five from under England's noses at the Wanderers.
Morris (62) cashed in on his reprieve to carry South Africa to scores level - and even after he was bowled by a Rashid googly, number 11 Imran Tahir strode out to square the series with a boundary off his fellow leg-spinner.
South Africa's one-wicket win, with 16 balls to spare in pursuit of 262 all out, means they have come from 2-0 down - and England must gather their composure to prevail in Sunday's final match at Newlands.
Morgan still believes they can, and will be banking on more runs from Joe Root - whose 109 followed his career-best 125 at Centurion three days earlier, both his seventh and eighth centuries in this format coming in defeat.
His captain joked that he may have put a jinx on the Yorkshireman's consistent performances, by remarking previously that Root runs tend to spell victory for England.
Morgan said: "I said in the last game as well, when he scores hundreds we normally win.
"Maybe I put a jinx on him - but I want him to score another one."
The Irishman cannot afford to be too downcast for long, with a decider in the offing so soon.
"For our hopes in the series, it is probably not that big a blow," he said, of England's second defeat.
"Ultimately, it will come down to that last game - and we're really looking forward to it.
Number eight Morris thought he had blown his big chance, before his big-hitting ambush
Recalling the moment when he was sure he tried to hit Reece Topley over the top and was going to be caught at mid-off, Morris said: "When it went up, the first thing I thought was 'idiot!'.
"The length was there for me to cut ... but my mind-set was mid-off was up - so I thought if I just get half a piece of wood on it, then it's going to go.
"I did get half a piece of wood on it, and it went straight up.
"We've got a saying in afrikaans ... 'my heart fell through my bum' ..."
It did not stay there for long, though, because Morris made England pay with a maiden ODI 50 and a display of sustained hitting for four sixes and three fours from 38 balls in a stand of 52 - to which Kyle Abbott contributed just an unbeaten three.