Thursday 27 October 2016

Morgan hails English 'style'

Michael Hann

Published 20/06/2015 | 02:30

England captain Eoin Morgan
England captain Eoin Morgan

A rejuvenated England head into today's winner-takes-all fifth one-day international against New Zealand knowing that even a defeat would do little to spoil the buzz surrounding English limited-overs cricket.

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A pulsating ODI series is tied 2-2 and Chester-le-Street in Durham will host the decider where an England side enthused with aggressive intent will come up against this year's World Cup runners-up New Zealand.

England were humiliated at the World Cup, going out in the group stage, but, under the guidance of caretaker coach Paul Farbrace and on-field leadership of Eoin Morgan, they are unrecognisable from their former cautious selves.

England have bludgeoned their way to totals of 408, 365, 302 and 350 against a New Zealand side that have played their part in an explosive series under captain Brendon McCullum.

Chasing a target of 350 for victory to square the series on Wednesday, Morgan's brutal 113 off 82 balls set up England's highest successful run chase in one-day internationals with six overs to spare.

"I think the style is more important (than the victory)," Morgan said. "We're trying to change something that probably doesn't come as naturally as other nations. It's the way we play and it's very encouraging at the moment."

England have a doubt over hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, who has a hand injury, with Jonny Bairstow called in to the squad as cover.

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