Eoin Morgan took quarantine leave to praise the ‘incredible’ efforts of a completely changed England side after claiming a one-day international series victory over Pakistan with a 52-point victory at Lord’s on Saturday
World Cup-winning skipper Morgan and the entire England squad initially selected for this three-game campaign had to self-isolate after three players and four support staff tested positive for Covid-19.
Even so, a new England XI beat Pakistan by nine wickets in Cardiff on Thursday before, in front of 23,000 home cricket fans, they won unassailable 2-0.
Lewis Gregory was named player of the match, with the Somerset all-rounder scoring a precious 40 to help England at 247 after falling to 160-7 before the paceman led the way with 3-44 as Pakistan was sent off for 195.
Phil Salt (60) and James Vince (56) were also in the races, while wicket keeper John Simpson, a longtime Morgan teammate in Middlesex, made five catches, including a brilliant side showdown. legs.
This prompted Morgan to greet substitute captain Ben Stokes by tweeting: “15 current squad members isolated. (Jos) Buttler and (Jofra) Archer injured.
“What Ben Stokes and the team have achieved is incredible. Can’t wait to watch the next game! “
– ‘Let’s raise our hands’ –
Meanwhile, Gregory, aware that his ODI chances may be limited, said: “To say that you played for your country at the cricket stadium is a special moment and the crowd was fantastic.
“But it’s hard to get into this England one-day squad. The guys over there are hard to beat. All we can do is do a performance and raise our hand when the opportunity arises. “
# photo1And after helping secure a trophy for a national team, Gregory was hopeful the England football team could do the same in Sunday’s European Championship final against Italy at Wembley.
“We’re all going to get together and watch the game tomorrow,” he said.
“I hope our last two games have kept the momentum in English sport going and that they can finish the job. “
Pakistani leader Hasan Ali took 5-51 touching a challenging 31, including three sixes, but there was no denying another complete loss.
“I feel proud. It’s an honor for me to have five wickets, but I’m obviously disappointed because we lost the series in two games, ”he said.
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