England skipper Eoin Morgan confident morale intact after South Africa pummelling

England captain Eoin Morgan remained in upbeat mood heading into the Champions Trophy despite a seven-wicket defeat by South Africa at Lord's on Monday.

England still won the three-match series 2-1.

Morgan, asked if this result on his Middlesex home ground had dented Champions Trophy hosts England's confidence ahead of their latest bid to win a maiden major global 50-over title, said: "I'd like to think it doesn't.

"Obviously what cost us was that first hour -- a lot of live, green grass on the wicket, but ultimately I thought South Africa bowled beautifully."

The former Ireland batsman added: "We didn't play too aggressively -- a lot of our shots were defensive -- so a lot of credit goes to South Africa.

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