Monday 23 April 2018

'Surprised' Eoin Morgan delighted with record-breaking win over New Zealand

England's Eoin Morgan in action
Action Images via Reuters / Philip Brown
England's Eoin Morgan in action Action Images via Reuters / Philip Brown

Captain Eoin Morgan spoke of his excitement for the future after seeing a new-look England side put in a record-breaking performance in winning the opening one-day international against New Zealand.

Despite losing Jason Roy to the first ball of the match England passed 400 for the first time in the format as brilliant centuries from Jos Buttler and Joe Root saw the hosts finish on 408 for nine at Edgbaston.

Steven Finn and Adil Rashid then took four wickets apiece as New Zealand were bowled out for 198 in reply to leave England winners by 210 runs.

It was an incredibly turnaround from a hugely disappointing World Cup showing for England and, rather than regret what might have been previously, Morgan preferred to look ahead with optimism.

He said on Sky Sports 2: "You can look back and say what you want about the World Cup, myself I'm looking forward, and I'm really excited.

"Today encouraged me even more to look further down the line and give guys more of a chance to grow as cricketers, because the more games we can get into our youngsters, the more performances they put in, and we win games along the way, holds a lot of weight come the next World Cup."

Morgan admitted he did not expect the new England era to get off to such a flying start, but was also keen to point out that these sorts of performances need to be much more regular than before.

He said: "I'm as surprised as anybody, I certainly know how difficult it is coming into international cricket as a youngster but given that we've two or three new faces in our playing XI I think the way they held themselves brilliantly.

"Joe Root was outstanding, followed by an unbelievable innings from Jos Buttler, but obviously the longevity of what we do might take a little more time because the key is consistency for us. Today is an amazing performance but the closer we can get to that every game, the better we become."

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