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Morgan upbeat on England

Eoin Morgan has played down England's series defeat against West Indies at the Kensington Oval.

Stand-in skipper Morgan, deputising for the injured Stuart Broad, saw some encouraging signs ahead of the start of the ICC World Twenty20 next week.

Jos Buttler's career-best 67 and Ravi Bopara's most economical four-over spell in English Twenty20 history were not enough to stop the hosts racing to a five-wicket victory with seven balls to spare in pursuit of 152 for seven.

The result was England's fifth straight Twenty20 defeat, after they lost 3-0 in Australia earlier this winter, while the Windies will head to Bangladesh next week for the defence of their title with a series success under their belts, irrespective of the outcome in a dead rubber here on Thursday.

"We were probably about 15 or 20 short, from 30-3 it was a struggle," said Morgan.

"It's difficult then to find the balance between scoring quickly and not losing wickets, it's an area we've struggled with in the past and one we'll continue to work on.

"Hales and Buttler were fantastic, to rebuild and get us up to 150. Jos has been in great form."

There was praise for the bowling effort, however, and Morgan remains positive for the final match of the series and for the tournament in Bangladesh.

"To peg it back in the middle period and keep ourselves in the game was a great effort," said Morgan, "but we had to keep taking wickets and we couldn't do that.

"We showed a lot of fight, and that's a good characteristic to have on the brink of a Twenty20 World Cup.

"We're on an upward curve, we've improved from the last game and we want to keep that going. To turn over a good West Indies side, the current world champions, would be a good achievement."