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Morgan Hails England Bowlers Ahead of ODI Decider

Morgan Hails England Bowlers Ahead of ODI Decider Photo: TT
Chris Woakes celebrates the wicket of Australia's Aaron Finch

England’s fast bowlers are their strongest suit according to captain Eoin Morgan after they turned the second One Day International against Australia in their favour.

England levelled the three-game series on Sunday in Manchester with a 24-run victory when the tourists had been on track to chase down the target of 232, cruising at 2-144 in the 31st over.

Jofra Archer was named Player of the Match after taking 3-34 from 10 overs, including the wicket of Mitch Marsh, as Australia lost 4-3, while Chris Woakes finished with 3-32.

Woakes took the key wickets of set pair Marnus Labuschagne (48) and Aaron FInch (73) in a game-changing spell, while Tom Curran also claimed three scalps.

“Jofra is obviously an ace and so is Woakesy,” Morgan said. “It’s our strongest suit.

“You like to bowl them in the most important parts of the game and I felt at the time I brought them back that was the most important part because the game was edging away from us.

“It was getting to a stage where we needed to make a move. Finch and Marnus made it look easier than it was so I threw everything at it and the guys bowled unbelievably well.

“For Jos and Woaksey to come back like that was outstanding. When they bowl like that they make the captain look good.

“Australia didn’t make too many mistakes. It was LBWs and bowled, it either nipped or swung back. That’s a bowler getting a batsmen out.

“When you make inroads like that it sends quite a big message for the guys coming in about how difficult it is out there.”

Archer has taken six wickets in the two ODIs, while he also claimed three poles in the T20 Internationals played earlier this month.

Adil Rashid claimed six wickets in the T20 Internationals with an economy rate just over six per over, while he’s got three wickets in the 50-over games.

The two sides will meet in the decider on Wednesday in Manchester.

Ben somerford
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