England reaches Champions Trophy Semis
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 21:50
Eoin Morgan heaped praise on his bowlers after England's 87-run victory over New Zealand sealed a Champions Trophy semi-final berth and a chance to knock rivals Australia out of the tournament in their final group game at Edgbaston on Saturday.
Brief scores: England 310 all out in 49.3 overs (Joe Root 64, Jos Butler 61 n.o., Alex Hales 56; Corey Anderson 3/55, Adam Milne 3/79) bt New Zealand 223 all out in 44.3 overs (Kane Williamson 87, Ross Taylor 39; Liam Plunkett 4/55).
England captain Eoin Morgan has insisted his side have learnt the lessons from their "men against boys" defeat by New Zealand at the 2015 World Cup as they prepare to face the Black Caps in the Champions Trophy.
The New Zealand side meet Bangladesh in Cardiff on Friday night (NZ time) in their final pool match of the one-day cricket global competition, with England and Australia facing off in the pool's other fixture. Our batting performance was probably par or below par - so pretty average.
The Australians - who have been bedevilled by the weather with two no results against Bangladesh and New Zealand - could still go through depending on the outcome of the other group game between the Kiwis and the Bangladeshis.
"England outplayed us in all areas today - credit to them for the way they went about their business, especially with ball in hand".
"We want to win, to keep our momentum going no matter who we are playing, but it is nice to know that would be the outcome if we did win".
Morgan confirmed England will not be letting up at the weekend.
New Zealand was later fined for a slow-over rate, with the team judged to have been two overs short of its target.
"I think if we're truly going to be contenders for this tournament, we need to beat the best teams - and Australia is one of the best teams", he said.
Heavy rain in Cardiff on Monday left New Zealand contemplating the prospect of another washout but Guptill said: "We can't control the weather". We never take any opposition for granted. And once the New Zealand skipper and Taylor got out, things just started to fall apart for the Black Caps and they eventually got bowled out.
"We all know the importance of getting wickets early in the innings and putting the team under pressure", said Boult.