Mor­gan feels wins augur well for Eng­land

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SHAR­JAH: Eng­land’s lim­ited over cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan said yes­ter­day he be­lieved vic­to­ries in the on­go­ing one-day se­ries against Pak­istan au­gured well for his team, re­build­ing af­ter a dis­as­trous World Cup ear­lier this year.

Eng­land were the only team amongst the top eight which failed to qual­ify for the quar­ter­fi­nal in the 2015 World Cup held in Aus­tralia and New Zealand but have since beaten New Zealand 3-2, be­fore los­ing to Aus­tralia by the same mar­gin at home.

They are lead­ing the four-match se­ries against Pak­istan 2-1 with a hard-fought six-wicket win in the third game in Shar­jah on Tues­day, a vic­tory de­scribed as “mag­nif­i­cent” by Mor­gan.

“It was a mag­nif­i­cent win, we look to the next game to go on and win the se­ries, we’ve earned the right to do that so hope­fully we can pro­duce an­other per­for­mance like that,” said Mor­gan ahead of the fi­nal match in Dubai tomorrow. Chris Woakes took 4-40 as Pak­istan, sloppy with three run-outs, fell for 208 in 49.5 overs. Eng­land wob­bled at 93-4 but James Tay­lor (67 not out) and Jos But­tler (49 not out) an­chored the chase dur­ing their un­bro­ken 117run part­ner­ship for the fourth wicket.

“The per­for­mance was hugely sat­is­fy­ing,” said Mor­gan. “I think one of the most piv­otal things in the per­for­mance was the chase, the pitch turned a lot more than we ex­pected it to.

“I thought the part­ner­ship be­tween But­tler and Tay­lor was out­stand­ing It’s a huge step for­ward for us, par­tic­u­larly our mid­dle or­der and our bat­ting unit hav­ing ab­so­lute clar­ity in what we were do­ing and play­ing in the pos­i­tive way in which we’re try­ing to im­prove the way we play all the time,” said Mor­gan.

Pak­istan cap­tain Azhar Ali rued the mid­dle­order slump, in which they fell from 132 for two to 161 for eight be­fore Wa­hab Riaz (33 not out) helped them get past the 200-mark.

“Things were go­ing pretty well. The start was good un­til we lost a few wick­ets, then the runouts hap­pened. I agree that the run­ning be­tween the wick­ets was not good,” said Ali.

“As a team we are in the process of set­tling down,” said Ali, ap­pointed cap­tain af­ter the 2015 World Cup when Mis­bah-ul-Haq re­tired from one-day cricket. “Definitely when a team loses it is not a good feel­ing. And when the doubts sink in then it is not a good feel­ing for the team and the coun­try as well. I am part of the team se­lec­tion,” said Ali, who be­lieved the best com­bi­na­tion will play in the last game.

“The last match is a must-win game for us. We will se­lect the team based on the best eleven who can help us win the match.” Pak­istan have not played opener Ahmed She­hzad in any of the pre­ced­ing three Test se­ries-which Pak­istan won 2-0 — and in the one-day se­ries. — AFP

SHAR­JAH: Eng­land’s bats­man Eion Mor­gan plays a shot dur­ing the 3rd One Day In­ter­na­tion­als be­tween Pak­istan and Eng­land at the Shar­jah Cricket Sta­dium in Shar­jah, United Arab Emi­rates. — AP

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