England captain Eoin Morgan plays down concerns over fitness of Ben Stokes

England captain Eoin Morgan's fine century laid the platform for a 72-run win over South Africa in the day/night first one-day global at Headingley on Thursday.

Wednesday's success saw England go 1-0 up in a three-match series against South Africa, top of the International Cricket Council's ODI rankings.

Earlier, put in to bat first, England scored 339 for the loss of six wickets after a stunning century from Morgan.

Eoin Morgan has allayed fears over the fitness of Ben Stokes after England beat South Africa by 72 runs at Headingley.

Hashim Amla got South Africa off to a steady start with a succession of glorious drives but Quinton de Kock toiled a little, before sending a steepler into the night sky that Buttler caught after scampering down to fine leg and practically barging Mark Wood out of the way.

Ali, who ended England's innings with a six off Chris Morris, was named man-of-the-match after also taking two wickets with his off-spin.

And when Proteas skipper AB de Villiers was caught in the deep for 45 off Moeen Ali, there was no way back as England cruised home by? runs.

Stiaan van Zyl and Rory Kleinveldt were members of the opposition South Africa faced in their warm-up matches against Sussex and Northamptonshire respectively in the lead-up to the three-match ODI series which starts on Wednesday.

And he is hoping the momentum gained can be carried through the ICC event starting on June 1 as England seek their first 50-over trophy. That's the trick in chasing, we thought it got harder as the balls got older, managed to break partnerships at the right time.

"The way they came back from that earned a lot of respect around the world".

With all due respect to the Irish, a double-header against an associate country was never going to provide meaningful preparation for the Champions Trophy that commences a week today.

England's captain Eoin Morgan, who habitually struggles against fast short-pitched bowling, benefitted most from Morkel's absence to strike his fifth ODI century.

Moeen has achieved a personal serenity which enables him to save his energy for when it is most needed - and a situation of 198 for five was approaching a crisis, a self-inflicted one. We have done that really well, everybody in the side has had a good go and produced their best at some stage or another.

But Morgan twice lofted Phehlukwayo for six.

"It depends where you play", De Villiers said of the potential high scores.

Morgan said: "It was a pretty good day at the office for us".

Both teams paid their respects to the victims of the Manchester attack before the day's play by holding a minute's silence and wearing black armbands.

  • Zachary Reyes