We may be world champions, but we looked anything but in a lifeless display in Cape Town. Despite Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow getting the tourists off to a cracking start, the lack of a middle order destroyed any hope of England starting on a winning foot.
You have to look at this game within the context of the current England set-up. After winning the World cup last summer, England are now preparing for two T20 world cups in the space of two years. As such the England team that took the field in Cape Town were missing several key cogs. With Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Mark Wood rested and Joffra Archer missing out through injury, the team lacked the fight and bite that’s been evident over the last 4 years.
"Right from the beginning of our innings, we struggled to adapt to the conditions," Morgan told the Test Match Special podcast.
"We did our best to adapt but the skill level wasn't there"
"We'll identify the little reasons why we didn't gel as a team today because if we play like that again, we'll lose."
With newly appointed South African captain Quinton de Kock opening for South Africa, the hosts were rarely troubled by an England attack that lacked bite and pace.
de Kock (107) and Temba Bavuma (98) coasted as England toiled in the hot South African sun without any sight of a breakthrough, picking up singles and doubles with ease and dispatching any loose delivery to the boundary.
Despite England posting a defensible target of 258, largely thanks to a patient 87 by much maligned Joe Denly and a restrained 40 from all-rounder Chris Woakes, South Africa showed that the target was 50 runs short.