// LIVE BLOGGING // GLOBALSIGN SSL

Eoin Morgan effusive in his praise for 'commanding' Jason Roy and 'rock' Joe Root

The hosts had posted 360, which was their record total against England in ODIs, but it proved not enough as both Jason Roy and Joe Root scored centuries to chase it down with consummate professionalism...

morgan21022019-min

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan has heaped praise on his top-order batsmen as they pulled off their record ODI run-chase against the West Indies on Wednesday.

The hosts had posted 360, which was their record total against England in ODIs, but it proved not enough as both Jason Roy and Joe Root scored centuries to chase it down with consummate professionalism.

"For Jason to go on and play such a commanding innings really sets us up for such a big run chase," said Morgan.

"It's amazing, the way he plays. To come out and show the courage he does and the trust that he does. It's brilliant.

"People will forget Joe scored a hundred there too, he made it look very easy, but we're so fortunate to have a guy like that who can be our rock. He's no slouch."

morgan210220192-min

Joe Root and Jason Roy both scored centuries

Roy got to his century off 65 balls in an innings which put Chris Gayle's earlier 135 in the shade, but he was helped early on by fellow opener Jonny Bairstow as they put on 91 for the first wicket in 11 overs.

"The manner we started set the tone of the innings, Jason and Jonny were outstanding," remarked Morgan.

"They do show similar attributes to Chris, who's been doing it for 20 years. That ability to put your best ball away for four or six is heartbreaking as a bowler.

"To have guys like that continuously putting pressure on your opening bowlers is not only difficult to play against but difficult to captain against as well."

WEST INDIES V ENGLAND FIRST ODI TALKING POINTS

Comments

LOADING

LATEST NEWS

STAY UP TO DATE Sign up to our newsletter...
SIGN UP

Thank You! Thank you for subscribing!

COUNTY NEWS

Court House, Cleaver Street, London, SE11 4DZ
website@thecricketer.com

Welcome to wwww.thecricketer.com - the online home of the world’s oldest cricket magazine. Breaking news, interviews, opinion and cricket goodness from every corner of our beautiful sport, from village green to national arena.