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Dream start ‘as good as it gets’, says Morgan as England thump Windies


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oin Morgan says England rampant victory over West Indies was “as good as it gets” as they got their T20 World Cup campaign off to a dream start.

Morgan’s men are looking to become double white-ball champions, having claimed the 50-over World Cup on home soil two years ago.

They could hardly have asked for a better beginning to the Super 12 stage as they bowled defending champions West Indies – against whom they had lost the 2016 final – out for just 55 in Dubai on their way to a six-wicket victory.

“It is as good as it gets, to start a world tournament like that,” Morgan told Sky Sports. “Full credit has to go to our bowlers. I don’t think the wicket was all that flush to bat on but we made inroads and when they came back at us we stuck to our guns.

“The guys were very disciplined and I thought we fielded well. We took all of our chances and built pressure to create more chances.”

West Indies had come into the tournament as third-favourites behind England and India but were miles below their best with the bat, with Chris Gayle the only man to even reach double figures.

Morgan’s opposite number, Kieron Pollard, was at a loss to explain the display, but urged his side to move on quickly, with just two teams to progress to the semi-final from the six-team pool.

“There are no words to explain it,” Pollard said. “It was plain to see, I didn’t think we were good enough.

“Sometimes with these sorts of games you just have to bin them and move on. We need to find our straps – we have not batted well in three games [here and two warm-ups]. I don’t think any panic will come into the camp. We have to take it on our chests as big men.”


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