Loss keeps us grounded: England's Mark Wood after South Africa defeat
- England's winning streak was halted by South Africa
- The Eoin Morgan-led side lost the encounter by 10 runs
- England have qualified for the semis of the ICC men's T20 World Cup
England were on a four-match winning streak. But their juggernaut run was halted by an outgoing South African team. In an ICC men's T20 World Cup Super 12 group 1 match, South Africa defeated England by 10 runs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Despite the loss, the Eoin Morgan-led team advanced to the semis as they had a superior NRR.
After the loss, England pacer Mark Wood said that a loss keeps the team grounded and shows that the team has plenty to work on.
"It's a shame we've lost the game, that brings us down to earth with a bit of a bump. It keeps us grounded and we know we've got some stuff to work on," Wood told 'Sky Sports'.
"You never want to lose. We're not used to losing and usually when we do we bounce back well. I think it's just a lesson that we've got plenty to work on," he added.
Asked to bat, South Africa scored 181/2 on the back of some sensational hitting by Rassie van der Dussen (94 not out) and Aiden Markram (52 not out) before restricting England to 179/8 in 20 overs.
"South Africa played really well - they only lost two wickets and we're not used to that - we're used to getting wickets in the powerplay and controlling the game from there," Wood said.
"We were maybe off the pace, so we've got to work on things in training and be better next game. It's nice to be back, but it's better when you win," the English pacer added.
It was Wood's first match since he had picked an ankle injury in the warm-up game against New Zealand and the seamer was disappointed with his comeback performance.
"I had the ankle injected but it took longer than I thought. I hoped it might be just one or two games, but the lads were playing really well so there was no need to rush," he said.
"The pain's still there at times, but I felt I could still do my job - unfortunately it didn't go as well as I'd want today. When you make yourself available to play you've got to deliver.
In his four overs, the pacer conceded 47 runs. He was hit for two boundaries and three maximums.
"The thing that disappointed me was I didn't get too many dot balls. I went for four and six off the first and last balls of the over, which is disappointing.
"I hadn't played in a while but that's not an excuse. I'll be working on things in training."