Morgan suspended for one match but hopeful to win against Pakistan

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LONDON: England captain Eoin Morgan has been suspended for the next one-day international and fined 40% of his match fee for a slow over-rate during the six-wicket win against Pakistan on Tuesday.

It is Morgan’s second such offence within 12 months after England were guilty of a slow-over rate against the West Indies in February.

Morgan will miss Friday’s fourth ODI against Pakistan at Trent Bridge. England lead the five-match series 2-0.”England were ruled to be two overs short after time allowances were taken into consideration,” the International Cricket Council said in a statement.They took almost four hours to bowl their 50 overs in Bristol.

Also disciplined by the ICC was Jonny Bairstow, who was reprimanded for hitting the stumps with his bat when he was dismissed in the 29th over. The wicketkeeper-batsman struck a sensational century as England easily chased 359 to win at Bristol’s County Ground. The rest of the England players have also been fined 20% of their match fees for the slow over-rate.

Morgan on Pak matches

Meanwhile, the victories over Pakistan in the ongoing ODI series have boosted England’s confidence going into the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, beginning May 30, said captain Eoin Morgan.

The Morgan-led team pulled off a total of 359 under 45 overs with the help of wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow, who played a knock of 128 off 93 balls. The win also marked England’s second highest successful run-chase.

“When guys perform like this, it builds confidence within the changing room. With regards to looking ahead, that is a really positive thing for our group,” ICC quoted Morgan, as saying.

The captain, moreover, gave a hint that there could be changes and rotations in the last two of the five matches as England have already won the series.

“Hopefully, we’ll see Mark Wood – his preparations have been really good. There will be more opportunity for Joe (Denly), hopefully, in the next two games. Being such a small ground, we only tend to play one spinner here – obviously, Moeen (Ali) played as well, and we had the luxury of having Joe (Root) as the allrounder. So it’s unfortunate that he only bowled one over, but I think he’ll have a chance again in, hopefully, one of the next two games,” he said. (ANI)