England showed glimpses of their best in last two games – Morgan
England’s Eoin Morgan says his team are playing some of their best cricket as they make the semi-finals of the World Cup after 27 years.
SHOWS: CHESTER-LE-STREET, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 3, 2019) (ICC - NO RESALES) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND CAPTAIN, EOIN MORGAN, SAYING: "Yeah, I think we do tap into what we have achieved the last two games.
It's been extremely important to our campaign.
It's obviously the reason that we have got through and we've been able to play some of our best cricket because of that.
So, tapping into that, identifying what we did well and if that still remains the same priority going into the semi-final, which I think it will." 2.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND CAPTAIN, EOIN MORGAN, SAYING: "It's brilliant to play with, really.
If their average wasn't as high and it was actually down, their strike rate was still the same, the manner in which they played is the most important because we bat all the way down.
We are not asking our guys to average 50 and strike it at 120, that is unrealistic.
But pushing the ceiling as to what guys would normally do was part of the process in which we have gone through probably the first two years of the four-year cycle.
But looking at where the guys are at now, it is incredible, really, that the talent they possess and actually what they can achieve on a consistent basis." 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND CAPTAIN, EOIN MORGAN, SAYING: "Yeah, the two of them are outstanding.
I think when they play like that and build a partnership -- and one of the things sort of that stands out for me that doesn't happen in any normal partnership, it happens in great partnerships, is that both of them ebbed and flowed.
Jonny got off to a flyer, Jason was quite slow to start and then caught up and Jonny slowed down.
It was really brilliant to watch." STORY: England captain Eoin Morgan said his team had played some of their best cricket in their last two group games to make the semi-finals of the World Cup after 27 years.
Back-to-back defeats by Sri Lanka and Australia had jeopardised England's semi-final prospects but Morgan's men bounced back in style, ending India's unbeaten run in Birmingham and then crushing New Zealand on Wednesday (July 3) to storm into the last four.
Morgan said the hosts would draw a lot of inspiration from their dominant performance in those games.
"I think we do tap into what we have achieved the last two games," he said after England spanked New Zealand by 119 runs.
"It's been extremely important to our campaign.
It is obviously the reason that we have got through and we have been able to play some of our best cricket because of that." A common factor in both the victories was the flying start England got from openers Jonny Bairstow, who smashed his second successive century on Wednesday, and Jason Roy who made a roaring return from a hamstring injury in the match against India.
Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson lamented the lack of significant partnerships on his side following the crushing defeat in their final group match.
Despite the loss, New Zealand are still set to reach the semi-finals ahead of Pakistan who will need a freak result against Bangladesh on Friday to leapfrog the Black Caps.
England will play either Australia or India in their semi-final match at Edgbaston, where England have not lost in 10 matches across formats.
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