Eoin Morgan praised Chris Jordan’s late-game over as the difference in England’s first T20 victory against South Africa.
Eoin Morgan praised Chris Jordan’s late-game over: At Bristol’s Seat Unique Stadium, England took advantage of the short boundaries and hit 234 for six, which was their second-highest score in the 20-over format and enough for a 41-run win. Then, late in the game, when the tension was rising, England won! It was possible because of Jordan’s excellent death bowling. Thanks to some wonderful yorkers, he just gave up three runs on the 18th and five runs on the 20th.
Eoin Morgan Praises Top Scorer Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow just helped England win another game with a career-high score of 90, and he says he wants to keep up his outstanding play.
“It was hugely important and I think when guys like that come and produce, yes, it can be overlooked a lot of the time but in a high-scoring game like tonight you need that expertise, that skill, that calm nature in which he goes about his business,” Morgan said.
“He’s England’s most experienced campaigner, he bowls all the tough overs that are unrewarding majority of the time. T20 is a game of cricket that attracts powerful batsmen, high-scoring games, and that is the glitzy, glamourous side of it. If you have a side that can produce bowling like this when you need it it is absolutely priceless. I thought he was extremely clear. He worked well with his skipper Jos Buttler and his plans worked to perfection no matter how simple they were and he obviously used his variation a little bit more today than we have probably seen him do in the past.”
Chris Jordan is praised by Shaun Pollock
Former South Africa star Shaun Pollock said that Jordan’s death over for England was “one of the best death overs” he had ever seen.
“The game is on the line and you’re head of where South Africa needed to be so maybe things are in your favour, but you have to now land it in the right area. You stick to the same game-plan, you don’t change up because often you get bowlers going for different variations because they feel as if they have to. You’ve got left-hander and right-hander combinations which adds a little different dilemma to the issue and you go up and you nail it. Not only do you nail it in the first three of four, you back yourself to stay with that even when they change their options and those last three balls are dot deliveries. That sums up the game.”
Moeen Ali Emphasizes Staying in Shape
Moeen was named player of the game because he got to 50 in the shortest amount of time in England’s T20 history. Moeen said, “It was a good time to go in,” after he hit 52 runs off 18 balls. “Jonny was going nicely, Mala (Malan) got out so I went in to keep the right and left-hander and it worked nicely. I didn’t hit the spinners much today but I generally back myself against spinners in particular. But I just try to see it and hit it. It’s a great wicket and a great-sized ground for myself. I’m not a massive hitter of the ball like some of the boys, so it’s about keeping my shape and if you get a good bat on it then it generally travels here.”
Jos Buttler is Happy About England’s Win
Jos Buttler, the captain of England, praised his team for a full effort. He said: “It was a great performance, we’ve been looking for that complete performance and the guys stood up. We posted a brilliant total and it looked under threat for a while, but I’m delighted with the win. Great to see the guys step up and take that responsibility, I thought they marshalled that innings really well.”
“There wasn’t that margin for error as Stubbs was going so well, and CJ (Jordan) bowled a brilliant 18th over. The margins are smaller in this day with the variety of shots that batsmen have. This ground is a great example of that. If you execute you get away with it, if you don’t the margins are really small and the ball flies away for four or six,” Buttler added.
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