The Guardian – It might not have been the prettiest win but Eoin Morgan declared England’s opening three-wicket victory over Australia as useful preparation for the World Cup given not every match in next summer’s tournament will be a slugfest.

Summary

  • It might not have been the prettiest win but Eoin Morgan declared England’s opening three-wicket victory over Australia as useful preparation for the World Cup given not every match in next summer’s tournament will be a slugfest.
  • After the bowling attack recovered from their mauling by Scotland by rolling Australia for 214 on an Oval pitch offering plenty more runs, with Moeen Ali’s off breaks claiming three for 43, a stroll for England’s muscular batting lineup appeared on the cards.
  • Our bowlers stood up.
  • Paine said: “They have a lot of skills and variations, so we’re confident if we can get enough runs they will create enough chances to win matches.
  • On Australia’s treatment by the crowd, Paine said: “I’m pretty lucky I don’t hear much of it [keeping wicket] but the guys seemed happy.


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