Morgan allays Stokes injury fears

Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-145, 3-149, 4-182, 5-208, 6-216, 7-225, 8-230, 9-267.

Stokes, the Indian Premier League's recently-crowned MVP, had only bowled two overs at the time and Morgan chose to keep it that way even when he returned to the field ready to resume duties. That became 208 for five in the 35 over after JP Duminy, hitting Adil Rashid to midwicket, and David Miller, Woakes the wicket-taker, both fell.

And the batsman paid tribute to his off-spinning all-rounder who missed out on the two games against Ireland earlier this month but roared back with two crucial wickets to add to his explosive half-century as England won by 72 runs.

Morgan's 10th one-day century saw him close in on England's one-day record.

"We couldn't get a partnership going [with the bat] and at the end of the day we were outplayed".

May 25 England captain Eoin Morgan has played down injury concerns for all-rounder Ben Stokes, who left field with a sore knee during Wednesday's comprehensive victory over South Africa. They dominated the bowling and manipulated us, probably 20-30 above par and we didn't bat well enough. De Villiers pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

The Dubliner steered the Champions Trophy favourites to 339 for six and comfortably past the format's number one side.

As such, plenty of good news could be gleaned from the opening game of that series in Leeds.

"England played phenomenally well with the bat, credit to Morgs for the hundred", de Villiers said.

In hot sunshine, with a stiff breeze barely taking the edge off temperatures, England began poorly when Jason Roy fell to the eighth ball, driving at Wayne Parnell with no foot movement and edging behind.

Root was set to anchor the innings but, by the time he hurriedly flapped Phehlukwayo's bouncer to mid-wicket, had slowed to a modest 37 from 51 balls.

But soon after he'd deposited Parnell into the stands with a huge six he chased a wide loosener from Andile Phehlukwayo and nicked behind for 61. "But when things go wrong, they go wrong anywhere in the world".

Ali provided the innings with an ideal finish by lofting Chris Morris (2-61) over backward square leg for six as England scored 102 runs in the last 10 overs.

But Amla again proved a thorn in England s side with a typically elegant near run-a-ball 73.

Fast bowler Mark Wood, eventually had Amla lbw but only after England successfully reviewed Australian umpire Rod Tucker's not out call.

  • Julie Sanders