ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan Is Happy With Their World Cup Preparation
England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan is pleased to see their positive World Cup preparation.
England cricket team is currently busy in the five-match home ODI series against Pakistan. It is their last international assignment before the upcoming 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. After the first three matches of this ODI series, England is leading by 2-0.
After beating Pakistan in the one-off home T20I at Cardiff (by seven wickets), the first ODI of the ongoing series had no result. The Oval (London) hosted that first ODI of the series where the rain dominated that game.
England won the second ODI at Southampton by 12 runs. All the English batsmen dominated as all the top five batsmen scored 40+ runs in that match (including one century and three half-centuries). Among them, Jos Buttler impressed most who hit England’s second fastest ODI century (110 runs off 55 balls). Their innings helped England to manage the first innings total of 373/3 (50 overs). Though the visiting side Pakistan fought very well, they managed to score 361/7 (50 overs).
On last Tuesday (14th May), England won the third ODI of the series at Bristol by six wickets (with 31 balls remaining). With the help of the opener Imam-ul-Haq‘s 151 runs, Pakistan managed to score 358/9 (50 overs) in the first innings. However, the host side comfortably chased down that target due to another batting domination. England reached the target in 44.5 overs after losing four wickets.
After that Bristol ODI, Morgan said, “When guys perform like this, it builds confidence within the changing room. With regards to looking ahead, that is a really positive thing for our group.”
To knock 360 off with five overs left is really pleasing for us as a group – Eoin Morgan
During the latest Bristol ODI, England openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow provided a brilliant start that led England to the comfortable chasing. They had a 159-run partnership for the opening wicket. While Roy scored 76 runs off 55 balls, Bairstow won the Player of the Match award for scoring 128 runs off just 93 balls.
The next batsmen also supported properly to chase that mammoth target without much trouble.
Talking about that incredible chasing, Morgan told, “To knock 360 off with five overs left is really pleasing for us as a group. You want to be going on and getting 160 or 170, and potentially 200 and seeing your team through. That’s where we’re at as a group of players at the moment, having competition to go and get the 150s and 160s, and beyond.”
Eoin Morgan hinted to give a few opportunities to the other players ahead of the Cricket World Cup
As England can’t lose the ongoing ODI series, English captain Eoin Morgan has hinted to test some other players in the last two ODIs of this series.
He added, “Hopefully, we’ll see Mark Wood – his preparations have been really good.
“There will be more opportunity for Joe [Denly], hopefully, in the next two games. Being such a small ground, we only tend to play one spinner here – obviously, Moeen played as well, and we had the luxury of having Joe as the allrounder. So it’s unfortunate that he only bowled one over, but I think he’ll have a chance again in, hopefully, one of the next two games.”
England will play as the host team in the upcoming 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. They will begin their forthcoming Cricket World Cup journey on the opening day of this tournament (30th May). On the opening match of the tournament, England will face South Africa at The Oval (London).
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