Morgan anchors England warm-up win

Published : 1:00 am  January 13, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (234) reads | 

MB_1Eoin Morgan’s unbeaten 81 helped England to a five-wicket win over a Cricket Australia XI in their limited-overs warm-up match in Sydney yesterday.


Leg-spinner Adil Rashid took three for 45 as the hosts, captained by former Test opener Matt Renshaw, posted 258 for nine.


Openers Jonny Bairstow (36) and Jason Roy (40) began the chase in steady fashion before Morgan and Alex Hales (52) helped England home.


England’s five-match ODI series against Australia begins on Sunday (14).


Travis Dean top scored for the Cricket Australia XI with 75, while 17-year-old Mackenzie Harvey impressed with 59 from 48 deliveries.


Hales, making his first England appearance since being interviewed under caution by police over an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol in September, hit four fours and three sixes in his 35-ball innings.


Moeen Ali impressed with the ball but again struggled with the bat, making just one before he was dismissed by seamer Gabe Bell.


Cricket Australia XI: 258/9 in 50 overs (Dean 62, Rashid 3/45)


England: 259/5 in 40.5 overs (Morgan 81 n.o, Bell 2/35) BBC