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Morgan reflects on thrilling win

Eoin Morgan once again hailed the “exciting” young players that inspired another thrilling limited overs victory for England, as his side overcame Australia to win by 5 runs at The SSE SWALEC.

Morgan, who hit 74 with the bat, praised the maturity shown by Ben Stokes, whose accurate final over denied Australia victory at the death.

With Steven Finn and David Willey having bowled their allotted overs, Morgan turned to Stokes and admitted he was by the cool head displayed by the Durham allrounder.
Morgan said: “He took the responsibility of bowling that over really well. I hadn’t earmarked him before the day started as bowling that over. Given the situation we had to bring our frontline bowlers on to try and take the game further into 20 overs.”

After Morgan and Moeen Ali blazed a partnership of 135, England faltered in the final few overs, finishing on 182/5 and Morgan said he believed they should have scored more.

“The partnership with Mo rebuilt things but part of me was disappointed we didn’t make 200.

Returning from a month’s rest, Morgan stormed back to form with an outstanding captain’s knock, but claimed he wasn’t surprised with how sweetly he struck the ball.

He said: “I probably wasn’t surprised. I felt fresh, mentally and physically.”

He concluded by lauding the efforts of his young team in overcoming another obstacle, following the astounding achievements in the ODI series against New Zealand earlier in the summer.

Morgan added: “We have an exciting group of young cricketers – even outside the 14 who have been selected, we have four or five guys pushing for places. It’s a very exciting time for us, but its important that we recognise this is just the start of something and we continue playing in the fashion that we do.”

England now head to Southampton and the Ageas Bowl on Thursday for the first match in the Royal London ODI series.

Smith powerless to prevent England victory

Steve Smith’s highest international T20 score of 90 off 53 balls was not enough to give Australia victory, as England secured a narrow win over the tourists, in front of a boisterous crowd at The SSE SWALEC.

The Australian captain led from the front, hitting seven 4s and four 6s, slaying England’s bowlers to every corner of the ground, as the visitors set about chasing England’s total of 182/5. Smith’s partnership with Maxwell, who hit a fine knock of 44, was worth 112 and looked to have put the tourists in a dominating position.

Maxwell eventually departed thanks to a stunning catch in the deep from Ben Stokes, before Smith chipped the ball straight to Sam Billings at long-on, to leave Australia in the lurch.

After a fine penultimate over by David Willey, Stokes then bowled yorker after yorker, as Australia crumbled. First Matthew Wade was run out, before Nathan Coulter-Nile was caught by Adil Rashid at short third man and then Pat Cummins was dismissed to give England the narrow victory.

Earlier, an exhilarating partnership of 139 off 75 balls between Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan powered England to a total of 182/5 – recovering from 18/2.

Morgan blazed blistering 74, off just 39 balls to announce his return to the international fray in typical fashion. He smashed three 4s and seven 6s – including a couple that flew into the River Taff – to put England in a commanding position after they were put into bat by Aussie captain Steve Smith at the toss.

Morgan was ably assisted by Moeen Ali, who blasted an unbeaten 72 off 46 balls, including six 4s and three 6s. The pair’s contrasting styles were hugely effective in putting Australia to the sword. While Ali preferred to flick and flay Australia along the floor square of the wicket, Morgan went aerial, repeatedly smacking the ball down the ground.

Jos Buttler came and went, hitting a bright and breezy 11 off 4 balls before being caught by Pat Cummins off Mitchell Starc and Sam Billings made 2 before being run out.

Cummins’ pace had been too much for openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy in the early exchanges. Both batsmen were dismissed in the same over, as England only managed 27/2 off their powerplay overs, before Morgan and Ali staged their fightback.

Despite the odd misfield and Smith’s onslaught, England held their nerve to secure the win by 5 runs amid wild celebrations at The SSE SWALEC.

Best tweets and pictures, as England’s batsmen thrill Cardiff crowd

A selection of your best tweets and pictures, as Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali blast the ball to all parts of The SSE SWALEC this afternoon.

The crowd are starting to show their voices #ENGvAUS #IT20

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The sixes really do get the crowd going #EngVAus

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Moeen and Morgan power England to 182

An exhilirating partnership of 139 off 75 balls between Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan powered England to a total of 182/5 – recovering from 18/2.

Morgan led from the front with a blistering knock of 74 off 39 balls to announce his return to the international fray in typical fashion. He smashed three 4s and seven 6s – including a couple that flew into the River Taff – to put his team in a commanding position after being put into bat by Aussie captain Steve Smith.

Morgan was ably assisted by Moeen Ali who blasted an unbeaten 72 off 46 balls, including six 4s and three 6s. The pair’s contrasting styles were hugely effective in putting Australia to the sword. While Ali preferred to flick and flay Australia along the floor square of the wicket, Morgan went aerial in smacking the ball down the ground.

Jos Buttler came and went, hitting a bright and breezy 11 off 4 balls before being caught by Pat Cummins off Mitchell Starc and Sam Billings made 2 before being run out.

Earlier, Cummins’ pace was too much for openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy, who were dismissed in the same over, as England only managed 27/2 off their powerplay overs, before Morgan and Ali staged their fightback.