Captain Stuart Broad lamented England's late bowling after his side lost to the West Indies by 15 runs in Antigua in the opening game of a three-match one-day international series on Friday.
The tourists seemed to have a tight grip on proceedings when West Indies, batting first, lurched to 45 for four in the 16th over.
The home side then slowly worked their way back into the match before Dwayne Bravo (87 not out), Lendl Simmons (65) and Darren Sammy (61) turned on the style in the latter stages to give them a total of 269 for six in 50 overs.
"I wouldn't look too much at our batting -- it was the last 10 overs with the ball that hurt us," Broad told Sky Sports television after England finished on 254 for six in reply.
"If we'd given the batsmen 230 to chase we'd have won.
"Up to 40 overs we were fantastic. We put ourselves in a fantastic position but we conceded 100 off the last seven overs and we need to look at ourselves and know how we can get better."
SCORES IN BRIEF
WEST INDIES: 269 for six (Dwayne Bravo 87 not out, Simmons 65, Sammy 61, Smith 24; Bresnan 3-68, Ali 1-25)
ENGLAND: 254 for six (Lumb 106, Ali 44, Root 37, Bopara 23 not out; Narine 2-36, Smith 1-30)
Result: West Indies won by 15 runs.
Player-of-the-match: Dwayne Bravo.