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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.

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.

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.

Preview – England v Australia T20 double-header

As an another sell-out crowd descends on The SSE SWALEC, England’s men and women prepare to face their Australian counterparts once more.

For Eoin Morgan’s men’s side, the T20 marks the beginning of an exciting couple of weeks of limited-overs cricket, after their exhilarating performances against New Zealand earlier in the summer. The game also sees some of the victorious Ashes-winning side return to the ground where England hit the ground running with a brilliant 169-run victory over Michael Clarke’s Australia.

England team huddle prior to training at the SSE SWALEC Stadium.

England team huddle prior to training at the SSE SWALEC Stadium.

For Charlotte Edwards’ women’s side, they will have to face up to surrendering their Ashes mantle to Meg Lanning’s triumphant tourists who romped to an unassailable 10-4 points lead in the Women’s Ashes. Their match starts at 10.30 am, preceding the men’s clash.

Limited overs captain Morgan – who played no part in England’s 3-2 Ashes win – lauded the achievements of Alistair Cook’s side. He and Head Coach Trevor Bayliss will hope to use the momentum of that win to launch a successful One Day series, beginning with the T20 in Cardiff.

EoinMorgan during fielding practice at The SSE SWALEC.

EoinMorgan during fielding practice at The SSE SWALEC.

Morgan said: “I think this summer as a whole so far has been amazing for us, considering the winter we had. The Ashes win did contribute to that, the guys deservingly winning the series.”

And Morgan expects Steve Smith’s side to come roaring back in true Australian fashion in an entertaining and evenly-contested T20 game.

He added: “Playing against Australia is a tough task and tomorrow is a matter of looking ahead to opportunities that might fall in guys’ laps. The ideal scenario is that we don’t change the One Day team that much from the T20 team.”

With Joe Root joining Stuart Broad and James Anderson in being rested for the rest of the international summer and Ian Bell announcing his retirement from the shorter form, Morgan stressed limited overs cricket was still a priority for England. The sixth ICC T20 World Cup in Inidia looms large with England only playing seven T20 internationals between now and the start of the tournament.

Morgan was keen to look to the bigger pictures and targeted improved England displays at the major tournaments.

He added: “We haven’t spoken about ranking points at all. Resting players was obviously a priority this summer, given it was a huge summer for Ashes cricket. But now priority turns to the T20 world Cup and driving our One Day cricket forward.”

England, who endured a miserable 50-over World Cup down under in the winter, came out fighting with a squad full of young, vibrant talents against New Zealand and fans can expect the trend to continue.

Morgan said: I suppose from the World Cup we’ve tended to build a new team and a new squad of players, so you might see a few new faces over the series.”

Morgan also admitted England’s T20 form has not been good enough since they won the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean in 2010 – something they will look to rectify before India next year starting in Cardiff tomorrow.

With both Australia’s men and women holding their respective World Cup titles in 50-over cricket, England’s teams can expect a tough contest.

The action starts with the women’s game at 10.30am, before the men’s game at 3.00pm. Tickets are sold out and expect another lively atmosphere at a jam-packed SSE SWALEC.

GALLERY: England train at The SSE SWALEC

See our gallery of pictures as England train on the outfield before taking on Australia tomorrow at The SSE SWALEC, Cardiff.

The squad were joined by Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, David Willey and James Vince, who missed yesterday’s session while playing in NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day.

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GALLERY: England go through their paces

On a warm afternoon at The SSE SWALEC, Trevor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace put the England squad through their paces ahead of the NatWest International T20 on Bank Holiday Monday.

The squad, led by Eoin Morgan, started with a quick game of football before going into the nets to blast some balls into the stands. Uncapped Rhys Topley joined the squad, while Jos Buttler, James Vince, David Willey and Chris Woakes were away at the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day.

FULL ENGLAND SQUAD: E Morgan (capt), A Hales, J Roy, J Vince, B Stokes, M Ali, J Buttler (wk), S Billings, C Woakes, D Willey, A Rashid, R Topley, S Finn.

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