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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.

Shrubsole helps England restrict Australia

An astonishing spell of 4/11 in four overs by England’s Anya Shrubsole helped the hosts restrict the Australia to 111 in the Women’s IT20 at The SSE SWALEC.

Shrubsole, who twice took two wickets in an over, dismissed Aussie skipper Meg Lanning, as well as Elyse Villani, Jess Jonnassen and Jess Cameron in four frugal overs on a cloudly Cardiff morning. Her heroics meant the Southern Stars were just 25/4 at the end of the six-over powerplay.

Ellyse Perry offered some resistance before departing for 16 when she was bowled by Natalie Sciver, before tourists’ vice-captain Alex Blackwell led a mini-revival with a gritty knock of 24 off 31 balls. When Georgia Elwiss caught Blackwell to give Sciver a second wicket, Australia were in trouble at 68/6.

Young batter Grace Harris then gave the Australian innings with a late cameo of 24 off 14 balls – including three towering sixes – before Sciver took a couple more to ensure Australia’s score remained within England’s reach. Sciver finished with 4/15 off her four overs.

Consecutive wickets for Becky Grundy then finished off the Australian innings in the final over.

What the papers say: Monday 31 August

A quick round-up of what the newspapers are writing about, as England kick-off their limited overs campaign at The SSE SWALEC today.

Morgan re-charged ahead of T20

The Mirror’s Dean Wilson reports that Eoin Morgan’s month-long rest from country cricket ought to stand him in good stead ahead of the upcoming series – and raring to go ahead of the T20 in Cardiff. They also reveal how Morgan spoke with Middlesex director (and England selector) Angus Fraser ahead of the proposed rest period which Morgan says has made him feel fully refreshed.

“The England one-day and T20 skipper downed tools after a miserable run of form for Middlesex left him tired and jaded,” Dean Wilson, Mirror Online.

Stoinis ready for Aussie debut

Marcus Stoinis’ international debut is the subject of the Sydney Morning Herald’s focus this morning. Their reporter Jesse Hogan writes that Stoinis has been backed by captain Steve Smith after his suprise inclusion in the team ahead of the likes of George Bailey and Joe Burns.

“Stoinis has not played in the Big Bash League since February 2014, having missed last season’s tournament due to injury. He was an unused member of Delhi’s squad in this year’s IPL,” Jesse Hogan, SMH.

Moeen Ali will try to earn an opening berth in England's Test team

Moeen Ali will try to earn an opening berth in England’s Test team

Exciting One Day series in prospect

Vic Marks, writing in The Guardian expresses hope that the ODI and T20 matches could be tighter than the Test series, which swung one way and then the other, with landslide victories for both teams. Nonetheless, Marks says England will be determined to build their momentum in limited overs cricket and their opening pair of Moeen Ali and Alex Hales could excite.

“Moeen is designated to open with Alex Hales, which is an appetising prospect. Should one of them be significantly more successful than the other then his chances of opening the batting alongside Alastair Cook in England’s next Test are likely to be enhanced,” Vic Marks, Guardian/Observer.

Who are Australia’s new faces?

As England prepare to take on a rather different looking Australia team in the NatWest International T20, we take a look at a few of the less familiar faces in the tourists’ ranks.

Steve Smith named seven players who took no part in the Investec Ashes series. Here is a brief round-up of the new faces.

Nathan Coulter-Nile

The 27-year-old fast bowler has played 21 times for his country – all in the shorter form of the game. Originally from Western Australia, he has played Big Bash cricket for the Perth Scorchers and in the IPL for Delhi Daredevils. A clever and effective bowler who will use plenty of variations to make it difficult for the batsmen in T20 cricket.

Nathan Coulter-Nie bowls against Ireland

Nathan Coulter-Nie bowls against Ireland

Matthew Wade

An experienced wicket-keeper with Test credentials, Wade will take the limited overs gloves from Brad Haddin, while keeping an eye on the five-day team and the performances of Peter Nevil. Wade has two Test centuries to his name and an impressive strike rate in T20s, where he occasionally opens the batting.

Matthew Wade of Australia takes a catch during the ODI cricket game between Ireland and Australia

Matthew Wade of Australia takes a catch during the ODI cricket game between Ireland and Australia

Marcus Stoinis

A former teammate of Steve in their under 19s days, 26-year-old Stoinis is set to make his international debut against England at The SSE SWALEC. A batting all-rounder whose useful medium-pacers will be difficult to get away in the middle overs, he will be something of an unknown quantity for England.

Marcus Stoinis appeals

Marcus Stoinis appeals

Glenn Maxwell

Most followers of English county cricket will be all too familiar with Maxwell and his exploits in the NatWest T20 Blast. Maxwell has been part of the Yorkshrie side who look set to win a second successive LV County Championship and his explosive hitting has made him one of the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket.

Glenn Maxwell while batting for Yorkshire

Glenn Maxwell while batting for Yorkshire

Pat Cummins

The right-arm quick was part of the Australian Test squad this summer but played no part in the series. At 22, he is still very raw but possesses the kind of pace that could trouble England’s top order if Cummins gets it right. He has 19 iT20 wickets to his name, with an economy rate of less than 7 runs per over.

Pat Cummins of Australia prepares to bowl during a nets session

Pat Cummins of Australia prepares to bowl during a nets session

Cameron Boyce

Another player that England may not know too much about, Boyce was described by Steve Smith at the pre-match conference as a “very consistent leg spin bowler”. Boyce has jetted over from Australia for this game alone so will be hoping to repeat the feature of his iT20 debut when he came away with figures of 4/10 off his allotted 4 overs.

Cameron Boyce bowls for the Hurricanes in the Big Bash

Cameron Boyce bowls for the Hurricanes in the Big Bash

WATCH: Steve Smith and Alex Blackwell

Men’s stand-in T20 skipper Steve Smith and victorious women’s vice-captain Alex Blackwell face the media on the eve of their sides’ clashes with English counterparts.

Smith formally congratulated Blackwell and his opposite number Meg Lanning on their team’s Ashes triumph, after Australia’s women regained the Ashes by beating England at Hove earlier this week.

Smith, who will captain Australia’s T20 side in place of the injured Aaron FInch, took the unusual step of naming his full XI for the game tomorrow afternoon.