Morgan hails brilliant England bowlers

Paola Ditto
Giugno 20, 2017

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 hosts England's home team became the first team to make it to the semi-final round of the tournament, after defeating New Zealand to a comprehensive 87-run win at Cardiff.

Joe Root (64) and Ben Stokes (48) all impressed after England were put into bat, while Jos Buttler raced to an unbeaten 61 off 48 balls, though they were unable to complete 50 overs.

The desperation for a win aside, both New Zealand and Bangladesh would hope for an England victory against Australia, assuming rain does not disturb their calculations again.

New Zealand will look to revive their Champions Trophy campaign by beating England in Cardiff on Tuesday after a frustrating start to the one-day global tournament.

Asked just how poorly England performed with the bat, Morgan suggested they were "10 or 15" runs below the par score for Tuesday's wicket.

'I thought the bowlers today as a collective unit were brilliant, really'.

England conclude their group-stage fixtures with a showdown with world champions Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday, a crucial game for their opponents as their qualification remains in the balance.

"It was backing up consistency in selection and trying to get guys together as a group that we've showed trust in over the last couple of years", he said.

When Morgan also departed after a poor shot on 13, England were in danger of stalling.

"The dominant factor in New Zealand was that they had that confidence, whereas we didn't". "I think if we're truly going to be contenders for this tournament, we need to beat the best teams and Australia are one of the best teams".

Williamson fell to a ball from Wood that leapt at him from short of a length to take his glove for caught-behind.

"We'll have a very serious attitude", said Morgan.

Buttler, however, could only watch as Tim Southee ended the innings with three balls to spare by dismissing tailenders Mark Wood and Jake Ball with successive deliveries. "They seem to produce limited-overs cricketers at will", the former Ireland global added.

It was at Cardiff, now a much-changed ground, where Bangladesh caused arguably the biggest of all ODI upsets by beating a powerful Australia side in 2005.

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