Eoin Morgan praises England´s bowlers as hosts reach Champions Trophy semi-final

Jessica Allison
June 9, 2017

New Zealand are, quite surprisingly, at the bottom of Group "A" with Bangladesh in the third position.

England looked to have fallen short of a par score despite making 310 all out after Joe Root (64), Alex Hales (56) and Ben Stokes (48) were all dismissed when well set before Jos Buttler's unbeaten 61 boosted the total.

Only skipper Kane Williamson (87, 98b, 8×4) offered resistance.

England will return to Cardiff for a semi-final against the runners-up in Group B next Wednesday, regardless of the result of their final pool match against rivals Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday.

Assuming the remainder of Group A suffers no more washouts, if New Zealand beat Bangladesh on Friday Australia need a beat England to progress.

Victory in this fixture would see hosts England into the semi-finals of the 50-over tournament featuring the world's leading eight one-day worldwide teams.

New Zealand should have the edge over Bangladesh when it comes to local knowledge given its 87-run defeat by England in Cardiff on Tuesday.

Both Williamson and Taylor appeared unhappy with the behaviour of the pitch, Taylor being hit on the helmet grille by a ball that leapt off a length, but it was trepidation about what the ball might do as much as what it actually did that stymied their efforts.

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I really hope England do what Eoin Morgan says they'll do and back their man.

Mark Wood broke the partnership as he had Williamson caught by Buttler.

After just 30 minutes' play, the match was halted at 11:00am local time (1000 GMT) as a national minute's silence in memory of the victims of Saturday's terror attack in London was observed.

"We'll have a very serious attitude", said Morgan.

However, his bowling partner Liam Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers for England with figures of four for 55.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor. "Going away to the IPL, I felt in fantastic form and then, since I have been back, I have scored a couple of fifties in three or four games and now I feel in good form".

"We know that, and I think other teams know that as well".

"They are a very good side to be well respected but we always focus on ourselves, what we can do well and will not change our style of cricket".

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