After comfortably beating Windies, England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan revealed his and Jason Roy’s present fitness statuses.
On Friday (14th June), England and Windies met at Southampton in the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. During the first innings of the match, when Windies was batting, Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan suffered injuries on the field and immediately left the ground.
During the eighth over of Windies innings, English opener Jason Roy suffered a left hamstring injury. Later, in the 40th over of the same innings, Eoin Morgan felt discomfort due to his back injury. While the English bowlers finished Windies’ innings in the 44.4 overs, Morgan was unavailable to bat for the first 28 minutes of England’s innings according to the ICC regulation.
We will see how we pull up in the next 48 hours – Eoin Morgan
After that match, Morgan revealed their present fitness statuses. Morgan is hopeful of playing in the next game against Afghanistan on 18th June at Manchester, but he also feels that the next 48 hours will be crucial for him. Talking about Roy’s hamstring injury, Morgan had the same view to make a further decision.
In the post-match presentation ceremony, Morgan said, “It is my back. It is a bit sore at the moment and hopefully it settles down in the next few days. Roy tweaked his hammy and is a bit stiff. We will see how we pull up in the next 48 hours. I have had a lot of back spasms in the past. It is a matter of 24-48 hours before it settles down, sometimes it gets healed a lot quicker and sometimes it lingers around. Same with Jason’s injury. Everybody in our squad is so vital and we don’t want any injuries through the tournament but there will inevitably be some. Hopefully there are not too serious.”
We have had a really good day at the office – Eoin Morgan
Apart from their injuries, England had a great day on the field. The disciplined English bowlers bundled out the Windies side for 212 runs (44.4 overs). England managed a solid start in their chasing with the 95-run opening partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root. After scoring 45 runs, Bairstow lost his wicket.
Later, Chris Woakes was promoted to the no.3 batting position and scored a useful 40 runs. He provided a 104-run partnership for the second wicket along with Joe Root, who hit a century in the end.
England chased down that target in 33.1 overs after losing just two wickets. The host side won this match by eight wickets with 101 balls remaining. Root remained not out on 100 runs, and Ben Stokes was batting on ten runs.
English captain Eoin Morgan is happy with their top all-round performances in this match.
He said, “We have had a really good day at the office. We didn’t make necessary inroads at the start, the bowlers stuck to plans and they created chances throughout the game. As a whole, we were brilliant.”
Joe Root had a good day out – England limited-overs captain
Apart from scoring a brilliant unbeaten century, Root also played a crucial role with the ball in hand. When the Windies batsmen Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer were set with the 89-run partnership for the fourth wicket, Root provided a crucial breakthrough by dismissing Hetmyer (39 runs) through the caught & bowled method. Later, he cheaply dismissed the Windies captain Jason Holder (9 runs) through the similar caught & bowled method. In this match, the spinner Joe Root had the useful bowling figures of 5-0-27-2.
Talking about Root, Morgan said, “Joe had a good day out. He is such an important part of our team. He is the glue that holds the team together and is an awesome player to watch.”
The young English cricketer Jofra Archer once again shined in this match with the bowling figures of 9-1-30-3. It is the third time for him to take three wickets in the ongoing Cricket World Cup. After claiming his latest three-wicket haul, Archer becomes the first England bowler to claim more than two three-wicket hauls in a CWC edition.
Morgan said about Archer, “He is a pleasure to captain. He is not flustered in any situation.”
Morgan about the present English side
However, another England pacer Mark Wood was the best bowler in this match with the bowling figures of 6.4-0-18-3.
Talking about this English team, Morgan further added, “I think our plans have remained the same. The personnel have changed little bit and it has been unfortunate to leave a few guys out. Leaving guys out is part and parcel, especially in a tournament like the World Cup. They will play a part at some time and they know that.”
After the four matches of this tournament, England has earned six points by winning three matches. The no.1 ODI ranked side England is not taking their next opponent Afghanistan lightly.
Morgan concluded, “We have struggled against Afghanistan in the past and won’t take them lightly.”
It will be England’s second ODI meeting with Afghanistan. England and Afghanistan first time faced each other in ODI in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup at Sydney where England won by nine wickets.
Meanwhile, their last international meeting was in 2016 ICC World T20 where they had a low-scoring encounter and England won by just 15 runs.