Overton replaces injured Plunkett for Blacks Caps ODI series
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 1:36
That slowed England again before Morgan spearheaded a late surge, clearing the rope easily and when Chris Jordan hit the final ball of the innings for another maximum, the total was beyond 190.
There is understood to be no chance of him playing against New Zealand 24 hours later, with England keen to ease him back in and assess his condition before sending him back out in a competitive environment.
Malan brought up his half-century off just 32 balls by smashing a free hit out of the ground but was caught off Colin de Grandhomme (1-32) soon afterwards.
England scored 194 for seven, batting first, but having lost earlier to New Zealand they needed to win by 20 runs to make the final on a run-rate basis.
However, the maths was against England - deservedly so after three defeats - and the poor start with the ball meant the prospect of squeezing into the final disappeared as rapidly as Munro reached fifty.
England are aware of the depth of opposition talent but Morgan believes if they perform to their own potential, England could claim that remaining spot in the final.
Morgan starred with an unbeaten 80 from just 46 balls.
The 55-year-old also feels that players will start focusing more on limited overs cricket, especially with the rise of ODI and T20 tri-series. Indeed, over the past 25-plus years the best ODI teams - and by extension, the contenders - have usually included Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.
But Morgan and star batsman Dawid Malan steadied the ship, piling on a 93-run third-wicket partnership and handing their side the momentum.
The Indian southpaw had smashed 58 off 16 balls, with seven sixes and three fours in a match against England in that tournament.
"In some countries that's not as big a deal but for New Zealand Cricket, to get 35,000 people to Eden Park is huge for us, huge for the game and huge for the promotion of the game".
England coach Trevor Bayliss has called for less Twenty20 cricket to be played on the global calendar and predicted that the format will become increasingly separated from the sport's longer forms in future.
New Zealand seamer Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers with outstanding figures of 2-22 from his four overs.