England recall IPL trio to face South Africa

Owen Stevens
June 1, 2017

England captain Eoin Morgan led from the front with a superb century as his side posted 339 for six in their day/night first one-day global at Headingley on Wednesday.

This three-match series serves as a warm-up for both sides ahead of next week's start of the Champions Trophy tournament in England which will feature the world's top eight ODI teams.

However, England regained their grip on the match through a 117-run stand put together by Morgan and Moeen, during which the former registered his hundred and the latter his half-century.

South Africa were briefly in the hunt when Hashim Amla (73) and Faf du Plessis (67) combined but fell well short and were dismissed for 267 with five overs remaining.

The only blight on a fine night for the hosts was an injury scare for Ben Stokes, who left the field for six overs during South Africa's chase with pain in his left knee and did not return to bowl when he eventually came back on.

It was the highest one-day global total at Headingley, beating the 324 made by Sri Lanka in 2006 and by India in 2007, and with Moeen Ali contributing 77 not out and Alex Hales 61, it was too much for South Africa, who managed 267, Hashim Amla top-scoring with 73.

But with Stokes, Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler all back from IPL duty having missed that two-match series, there was simply no room in the batting line-up for the Yorkshireman.

With AB de Villiers still in, South Africa always had a chance but the captain ran out of viable partners, the engine room of J P Duminy, David Miller and Morris failing to fire.

South Africa has won all their last 6 bilateral series and the record to stay unbeaten will be on the line in the do-or-die 2nd ODI at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.

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Morgan, whose 107 laid the platform for England's win over the Proteas, the world's top-ranked ODI side, said Stokes had been given the all clear to bowl by medical staff but that he saw no point in recalling him to the attack with the home team on the brink of a commanding win under the Headingley floodlights.

He was supported by Moeen Ali, who ransacked 77 not out from just 51 deliveries near the end of England's innings - including a casual, fantastically-timed flick for six from the final ball.

"The partnerships we built, gave us the best opportunity to get a par score and beyond". "That will be no different leading into the Champions Trophy".

But it was a different matter when Morgan went after Phehlukwayo, off whom he struck 42 of his runs and four of his sixes. But both fell in quick succession to leave it at 149 for three.

EOIN MORGAN scored his tenth one-day century for England as his team launched their white ball campaign with a crushing win.

"We're working very closely with the relevant agencies, our own venues and our own experts".

"They played better tonight and hopefully we'll win the next one".

De Villiers was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: "England played phenomenally well with the bat, credit to Morgs for the hundred".

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