Morgan over the moon after record chase


England captain Eoin Morgan had nothing but praise for his opening batsmen after Alex Hales and Jason Roy recorded a 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Friday.

The pair both scored unbeaten centuries as they chased down 256 to win with nearly 100 balls to spare, never looking in danger and recording the highest partnership for any wicket in an ODI in England.

Morgan, who only had to captain the fielders on the day, was beside himself with admiration as he discussed the highest-chase 10-wicket win in ODI history, and one that gave his side a one-nil lead in the series.

The skipper gushed: "That chase was absolutely remarkable. I've never experienced anything like it. 

"We were so in control without being reckless. The two boys were outstanding. They were very imposing and they played brilliant, very entertaining cricket."

This came after their tie in the first match at Trent Bridge, and Morgan had said after that game that the batting had to improve, and boy did they deliver.

He added: "I emphasised after that game that it was our get out of jail free card. 

"We played very poorly as a team, but a few individuals performed exceptionally well and did enough that we went unscathed. A six off the last ball doesn't happen very often."

As for his bowlers, Morgan also had kind words after they restricted the Sri Lankans to what turned out to be an easy target.

He said: "I didn't think we did anything exceptional, but we did the basics well. It didn't swing or nip off the seam and there are always huge challenges in one-day cricket when that doesn't happen.

"But we starved them of runs. We banged out a length and we used our bouncers well. We built pressure that way which resulted in us taking wickets. It was brilliant.

"It was a lesson for us last year when we played against Australia. They are a really good at doing that and we picked up that we needed to be better at it."