Morgan impressed with adaptable England


England captain Eoin Morgan lauded his side for the way they adapted to unfamiliar conditions on their way to winning the second ODI against South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The first ODI was a high-scoring affair in Bloemfontein where the tourists racked up a score of 399 for nine in their 50 overs before going on to win by 39 runs (D/L method).

The surface on Saturday was completely different as the Proteas won the toss and posted a competitive total of 262 for seven in their allotted overs.

The Three Lions won with more than three overs to spare thanks to 99 from opener Alex Hales and a quick-fire unbeaten 48 off 28 balls from Jos Buttler to go two-nil up in the five-match series.

Morgan said after the game: "That's what's most impressed me, we've come here and we've adapted to a wicket that we've not played on a similar surface in a very, very long time.

"We're in a really good place at the moment but the challenge was adapting to conditions. The wicket made things very competitive and the game was always in the balance throughout the day.

"We were very happy (to chase) 260, we thought it was just below-par and given the way we've been playing recently with the bat we were certainly within range of chasing it down.

"Alex Hales was magnificent at the top, small partnerships between myself and him, and Joe Root and him, and then Jos Buttler at the end was top class."

The third ODI takes place in Centurion on Tuesday.