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World Twenty20 2012: Stuart Broad: England will keep Eoin Morgan up our sleeve

We'll keep trump card Morgan up our sleeve, insists Broad despite England batting slump

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20:17 GMT, 28 September 2012

If England are to overcome the odds and reach the World Twenty20 semi-finals they will need Eoin Morgan at the crease for as long as possible. Yet their trump card will again be held back in the must-win game against New Zealand.

Morgan was back to his brilliant best in Thursday's defeat by West Indies after a lean year but only had half of England's innings to attempt an improbable rescue act which fell tantalisingly short of a famous victory.

Now, with England all but out if they lose again, they will stick to the same policy of keeping Morgan up their sleeves even if they again lose early wickets against a New Zealand team who also lost their Super Eights opener.

In vain: Eoin Morgan starred against West Indies but England still lost

In vain: Eoin Morgan starred against West Indies but England still lost

The problem, England insist, lies more with the fact that either Alex Hales or Craig Kieswetter has fallen too early in their last two games rather than not giving the Irishman enough time to weave his magic.

'Morgs has this amazing ability to find the boundaries when fielders are back which not everyone has,' said England captain Stuart Broad. 'He's not especially suited to piercing the infield when everyone is in. So the risk-reward for someone so valuable to our team might be too high for him to try to do that.

'Certainly if you lose him in those first six – and you're three down – you're in big trouble. So it was decided his skills would be best used in the middle overs. He showed how dangerous he can be but we just didn't quite set it up for him.'

It was Jonny Bairstow who came in ahead of Morgan against West Indies after Kieswetter and Luke Wright had fallen in the first over and it would be unfair to criticise a batsman who had to rebuild from nought for two.

But his innings of 18 from 29 balls, ended by a brilliant catch from Kieron Pollard when Bairstow looked as though he had struck his first six, left England with too much to do in their pursuit of 180 to win. Morgan was duly left high and dry on 71 from 36 balls with England 15 short of their target but if he had come in just one over earlier there is every chance England would have won.

Plenty to ponder: England captain Stuart Broad must re-energise his batsmen

Plenty to ponder: England captain Stuart Broad must re-energise his batsmen

The problem will not occur, according to
Broad, if England's openers do their job against a far from fearsome
New Zealand attack. 'Whoever takes the responsibility of going out there
and facing that new ball it's important they get through the first
over,' said Broad. 'It's about the realisation of players accepting we
can't lose wickets that early.

'Last night we watched the best striker of the ball in the world in Chris Gayle and he never goes from ball one, does he He has a little look, assesses the wicket, then explodes. I think we haven't got that quite right yet but it's important we do get that right against New Zealand.'

Kieswetter may have been England's man of the series against South Africa just ahead of their arrival here but clearly he is under some pressure to get it right now. He still seems to either block or go for bust with big shots and must find a 'get off the strike' option, as Broad put it earlier in this tournament. The way he got out to his second ball on Thursday with a wild slog was criminal.

The Kiwis may have taken Sri Lanka to a 'super over' after their tie at Pallekele in the first match in England's group but they really should not hold too much fear for England even if, in Brendon McCullum, they have one of the most successful and explosive batsmen in international Twenty20 cricket.

Kyle Mills and Jacob Oram have seen better days while even Dan Vettori, who has been a thorn in England's side since 1997, is not quite the force of old. There is no mystery about New Zealand and England simply must ensure they do not slip up against them otherwise they will need a near miracle to progress and this defence of their World Twenty20 crown will go down as another setback in a year that has had too many of them.

World Twenty20 2012: Nasser Hussain: England need to get right at the top

England need to get right at the top against New Zealand

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Needs to step up: Craig Kieswetter

Needs to step up: Craig Kieswetter

England need to sort out their top order. All through this tournament they have had to react to a crisis because of the tone set by their openers.

Alex Hales and Craig Kieswetter are good players individually but they are not clicking together.

Kieswetter has either used up too many dot balls and put pressure on Hales or gone too early, like the other night. They have to set the right tone for the likes of Eoin Morgan.

Flexibility matters

England seem a little bit too driven by statistics at the moment. For instance Morgan has said the stats show he is best between the sixth and 20th overs.

Fine, but use a bit of common sense and be flexible. In the absence of Kevin Pietersen, Morgan is England’s best player and you don’t want him coming in when 13 an over are required.

On a flat pitch like this one at Pallekele he can win any match. If he’s the finisher, give him enough time to finish. Why are England hiding Morgan

Nowhere to hide: England need to get Eoin Morgan into the game earlier

Nowhere to hide: England need to get Eoin Morgan into the game earlier

Respect but no fear

New Zealand are, if anything, a carbon copy of England so there is no unorthodoxy or mystery to fear. But that doesn’t mean to say they are not a very potent team.

They are certainly as good as West Indies and, as we saw here, also Sri Lanka. Brendon McCullum’s stats are as good as Chris Gayle’s while Ross Taylor is a six hitter and Tim Southee showed himself to be a good death bowler here.

Yes, respect them England, but go and express yourselves.

LIVE: World Twenty20 – England v India

LIVE: England v India – the action from the World Twenty20 in Colombo

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England v India: Essentials

England: C Kieswetter, AD Hales, LJ Wright, EJG Morgan, JC Buttler, JM Bairstow, TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad*, GP Swann, ST Finn, JW Dernbach

India: G Gambhir, V Kohli, SK Raina, Yuvraj Singh, RG Sharma, MS Dhoni, IK Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, PP Chawla, AB Dinda, L Balaji

Umpires: A Dar (Pak) and S Taufel (Aus)

Third umpire: K Dharmasena (SL)

Match referee: R Madugalle (SL)

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13th over: India 106-2 (Gambhir 37, Sharma 13)

Poor fielding from England as Gambhir dispatches a short ball from Broad to the boundary and Finn is unable to stop the ball. A couple more singles, which Broad seems to be quite content with. Nine off the over.

12th over: India 97-2 (Gambhir 30, Sharma 11)

Sharma looks like he means business as he pulls the ball away for four off Dernbach. India manage to run a couple of singles before two off the final ball.

11th over: India 83-2 (Gambhir 26, Kohli 40, Sharma 1)

Gambhir misses the ball and gives Kieswetter a chance of a stumping, but he misses it, and Swann goes in search of his first wicket.

WICKET: Kohli is caught by Bairstow in the deep and England have their second wicket.

Rohit Sharma is the new man to the crease.

Best over of the innings so far from England.

10th over: India 80-1 (Gambhir 26, Kohli 40)

Short ball from Bresnan and Kohli just stands, watches it, and sends the ball over midwicket to the boundary with one bounce for four. Three singles follow. Hales stops the ball on the boundary as Gambhir hits another single. and then he hits two off the final ball.

At the halfway stage of the India innings and they are 80-1.

9th over: India 70-1 (Gambhir 24, Kohli 32)

Swann finding a bit of spin in the pitch. Bairstow stops the ball to give Kohli just a single. Another good over from Swann, just four coming from the over.

8th over: India 66-1 (Gambhir 22, Kohli 30)

Broad is back on. He is pulled away from his second ball but a fielder is able to stop it for just. But Kohli chips the next ball brilliantly over midwicket for four. Two singles end the over.

7th over: India 58-1 (Gambhir 20, Kohli 23)

Graeme Swann is now bowling for England. Two singles off his first two balls. The third ball does not go for any runs and then the next is hit away for a casual single. Wide ball given for the next ball and then another single. Decent over from the England spinner.

6th over: India 52-1 (Gambhir 18, Kohli 21)

Finn back on and he is sent for four with his first ball. A full pitched delivery is sent back down the ground by Kohli for a boundary. Another four for India, Gambihir moves away to give himself some more room and he sends the ball down the off side. 28 run partnership off 20 ball and that brings the powerplay to an end.

5th over: India 41-1 (Gambhir 13, Kohli 15)

Tim Bresnan is now on for England and he goes for a single off his second ball. India go for a quick single and it is a race between Kohli and Morgan and the Indian batsman wins the race getting to safety before the England fielder can get his ball on the stumps. Great hit from Kohli as he sends a short ball for four with an upper cut of a shot.

4th over: India 34-1 (Gambhir 12, Kohli 9)

Stuart Broad is on for England. And he is hit for four in the second ball as Kohli punches the ball away to the boundary. Broad finds his rhythm and sends a ball just past the outside edge. Six off the over.

3rd over: India 28-1 (Gambhir 11, Pathan 8, Kohli 4)

Bouncer first ball from Finn. Good shot from Pathan as he guides the ball away for four, a dead ball is called as Finn clips the stumps in his bowling follow through, it is a familiar problem for the Middlesex bowler.

WICKET: Finn takes Pathan's off stump out of the ground and England find an early breakthrough.

Kohli comes in and blocks his first ball. But he gets off the mark with the next ball with a brilliantly timed four.

That is out: Irfan Pathan is bowled by Finn

That is out: Irfan Pathan is bowled by Finn

2nd over: India 16-0 (Gambhir 11, Pathan 3)

Jade Dernbatch is up for England and he concedes the first boundary of the innings as Gambhir pulls the ball for four. He then then doubles his boundary count the very next ball.

Dernbatch appeals for an LBW on his final ball of the over, but it looks as though there was a hint of an inside edge

1st over: India 6-0 (Gambhir 2, Pathan 2)

Finn's first ball is edged away by Gambhir for a single and the England bowler falls over after his delivery. Pathan then pulls the ball away for a couple of runs. Finn follows up with a wide that is acrobatically stopped by Kieswetter. Finn appealed for the final ball of the over, but it was pitching outside the line.

2.59: Steven Finn will open the bowling for England and Gambhir will face as England's opener.

2.56: Nearly ready to go, anthems done, players are out on the pitch and we are ready to go. England captain Stuart Broad gives his side one last set of instructions in the pre-match huddle.

2.54: The players are out on the field and lining up ready for the national anthems.

Early appeal: Steven Finn makes an unsuccessful appeal

Early appeal: Steven Finn makes an unsuccessful appeal

2.50: Luke Wright was the star with the bat for England last time out, his 99 not out from just 55 balls helped England on their way to a very comfortable win over minnows Afghanistan.

2.47: Just over ten minutes until the start of play and hopefully the rain will stay away to allow a full set of overs from both sides.

2.40: England make one change from the side that comprehensively beat Afghanistan on Friday. In comes Tim Bresnan and out goes Samit Patel.

2.35: England have won the toss and elected to bowl first.

2.30: Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of England's World Twenty20 second game. Victory over Afghanistan on Friday ensured the holders' progression to the Super Eight stage. So this game against India is all about seedings for the next stage of the tournament.

Good start: England beat Afghanistan in their opening game on Friday

Good start: England beat Afghanistan in their opening game on Friday

World Twenty20: England beat Pakistan in final warm-up

Briggs and Dernbach star with the ball as England beat Pakistan in final World Twenty20 warm-up

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08:55 GMT, 19 September 2012

England dug in with the ball to pull off an unlikely 15-run victory despite mustering only 111 all out against Pakistan in their second and final ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match.

Once again, after their well-chronicled struggles in a 3-0 Test series defeat in the United Arab Emirates last winter, England's batsmen had no answer to the wiles of Saeed Ajmal (four for 14) at the P Sara Oval.

But Danny Briggs (three for 15) and Jade Dernbach (three for 14) ensured England kept chipping out wickets – even without the rested Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan – and eventually restricted Pakistan to 96 for nine.

Two good: England won their second warm-up match

Two good: England won their second warm-up match

Awkward bounce, spin and swing were
available, and after beating Australia by nine runs on Monday, England
sneaked home again to head into the defence of their world title with a
perfect two-from-two warm-up record.

Luke Wright top-scored with just 38 as they struggled after choosing to
bat first on a tricky surface. The No 3 managed to operate at just over a
run-a-ball, a feat which proved beyond the rest of the top five.

England were unable to gather momentum, wickets falling from the outset
against Pakistan's spinners and then in a heap – in the space of eight
balls – to go from 106 for five to be all out in the final over.

The difficulties began when Alex Hales mis-swept Hasan Raza to short
fine-leg in the third over, and the slow left-armer soon had Craig
Kieswetter caught at deep midwicket.

Below par: England struggled with the bat

Below par: England struggled with the bat as Luke Wright (above) top scored with 38

Below par: England struggled with the bat

Eoin Morgan mustered double-figures but did not convince before falling
to only the third delivery from Ajmal, edging an attempted cut behind.

Wright and Jonny Bairstow had to eke out what they could in what turned
out to be an important fourth-wicket stand of 34 as England went nine
overs at one stage without a boundary.

It was not, in fact, until Bairstow had been yorked by a Yasir Arafat
inswinger that new batsman Jos Buttler squeezed a four fine of third-man
off the same bowler from only the second ball he faced.

Wright was gone soon afterwards, though, holing out to long-off when Mohammad Sami went full.

Old foe: Saeed Ajmal was on top form for Pakistan

Old foe: Saeed Ajmal was on top form for Pakistan

It therefore fell to Buttler and Samit Patel to push England at least
into three-figures, which they managed comfortably before Ajmal returned
to take three wickets in four balls in the penultimate over as Stuart
Broad and Steven Finn made ducks.

In Pakistan's reply, Kieswetter missed an obvious stumping chance off
only the second ball of the innings from Briggs. But it cost nothing,
Mohammad Hafeez swinging the slow left-armer to deep square-leg, where
Bairstow took a neat catch.

Briggs had a second wicket in his third over, drawing Imran Nazir out of
his ground and turning the ball past the outside-edge for an easy
stumping.

Patel replaced Briggs and struck with his first delivery, spinning one back through left-hander Nasir Jamshed's defences.

Having a ball: Broad (above), Briggs (below) and Dernbach all impressed with the ball for England

Having a ball: Broad (above), Briggs (below) and Dernbach all impressed with the ball for England

Having a ball: Broad (above), Briggs (below) and Dernbach all impressed with the ball for England

It still seemed to be Pakistan's great advantage that they knew they had only a meagre total to chase.

But Broad outwitted Asad Shafiq with a slower ball, clumped to mid-off,
and the England captain then had Shahid Afridi caught-behind with some
extra bounce.

England had successfully narrowed the equation back in their favour,
thanks largely to Broad's remarkable economy – he, like Briggs, even
bowled a maiden – when the charge should have been on.

The outcome nonetheless remained too close to call until Dernbach had 20
runs to play with in the final over, and managed to concede only four
for two more wickets.

England v South Africa Twenty20 abandoned due to rain

Summer's definitely over! Rain ends hope of result in England's T20 with South Africa

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England's second NatWest International Twenty20 against South Africa was abandoned after the weather allowed only one short, frantic session at Old Trafford.

England were 29 for two after 4.1 overs of their reply to South Africa's 77 for five in a match reduced to nine overs per side when steady rain began to fall.

A result would have been recorded had another five balls been bowled – and England would have won had they added another 13 – but South Africa will still lead the series 1-0 heading to the third match at Edgbaston.

Dampened spirits: England's Twenty20 against South Africa fell victim to the weather at Old Trafford

Dampened spirits: England's Twenty20 against South Africa fell victim to the weather at Old Trafford

The match had been delayed by two and a
quarter hours by earlier rain but there was still a certain familiarity
to South Africa's batting as Hashim Amla again dominated.

The prolific batsman proved his
mastery of English bowling covers all formats by cracking seven fours in
an unbeaten 47 from 30 balls.

Amla, batting at much higher tempo but
with all his usual authority, opened the batting after a rethink during
the delay to play.

Jacques Kallis had initially
accompanied Richard Levi to the crease for the scheduled start but it
began to rain as Steven Finn prepared to bowl the first ball.

Kallis was kept waiting as the game
began at a frenetic pace with Finn having Levi caught behind by Craig
Kieswetter down the legside off the first ball.

Amla took control by flashing hard and
after the three-over powerplay South Africa had 32 runs on the board.
But by then captain AB de Villiers had also gone, miscuing a pull to
Jade Dernbach at mid-on off Finn.

As has been a recurring quirk this
season, Finn dislodged a bail in his delivery stride but unlike previous
occasions – and another moments later – dead ball was not called.

Entertainment: Much effort was made to keep the crowd entertained as the start was delayed

Entertainment: Much effort was made to keep the crowd entertained as the start was delayed

England started to slow the rate with the introduction of Graeme Swann in the fourth over.

Albie Morkel was the next man out when he failed to clear Jonny Bairstow at cover off the bowling of the recalled Luke Wright.

Amla had a reprieve when he was badly
dropped by Eoin Morgan off Swann but the bowler himself showed how it
should be done by running back to catch JP Duminy one-handed next ball.

Kieswetter claimed his second catch to
remove Justin Ontong off Dernbach before Kallis finally came to the
crease at number seven.

Kallis had a fortunate escape when one
shot landed just short of Dernbach but was unbeaten on 13 at the end of
the innings as rain started to fall again.

Worth watching: Hashim Amla's bat and Robin Peterson's safe hands lit up Old Trafford when the action started

Worth watching: Hashim Amla's bat and Robin Peterson's safe hands lit up Old Trafford when the action started

Worth watching: Hashim Amla's bat and Robin Peterson's safe hands lit up Old Trafford when the action started

Worth watching: Hashim Amla's bat and Robin Peterson's safe hands lit up Old Trafford when the action started

That relented to allow England to
begin their reply but Morne Morkel restricted Kieswetter and Alex Hales
to just two off the first over.

Kieswetter fell when he hit Dale Steyn straight but high and Robin Peterson took a fine diving catch.

Hales fortuitously hit a six off the edge and, in partnership with Wright, began to get England up towards a decent rate.

Wright had 14 at the start of the
all-important fifth over when he pulled Morne Morkel to Albie Morkel in
the deep. That proved the final action of the match as drizzle became
heavier and umpires took the players off the pitch.

Moments later came the word the game had been declared a no result.

Wright had come into the side to
replace the out-of-form Ravi Bopara, whose position had been the subject
of much scrutiny ahead of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

Sussex all-rounder Wright will now hope to retain his place for the final match of the series.

Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy steer South Africa to seven-wicket victory in T20 opener

Kallis and Duminy steer South Africa to seven-wicket victory in T20 opener

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England repeated familiar mistakes as they switched formats and venues, but again came up short against South Africa in the first NatWest Twenty20 at Emirates Durham ICG.

As at Trent Bridge, where England posted an under-par total on the way to NatWest Series defeat against the same opponents three days ago, so it was here as a string of frontline batsmen fell to soft dismissals.

A vulnerable 118 for seven resulted before, in another echo of Nottingham, England's new-ball attack took three early wickets – and then an old hand, this time the returning Jacques Kallis (48no), took over in company with JP Duminy (47no) to see South Africa home with seven wickets and an over to spare.

Fluent: JP Duminy (47no) and Jacques Kallis (48no) shake hands after steering South Africa to a comprehensive victory

Fluent: JP Duminy (47no) and Jacques Kallis (48no) shake hands after steering South Africa to a comprehensive victory

On a pitch of decent pace, but with spin available for Johan Botha and Robin Peterson, England's highest partnership was captain Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann's unbroken 33 for the eighth wicket.

Until then, early promise foundered alarmingly as Peterson and Botha shared four wickets – with minimal resistance – and England registered the third-lowest total in their Twenty20 history. Alex Hales began the innings with boundaries from the second and third balls he faced, a sweep and front-foot push past point in the first over off Peterson.

Top scorer Craig Kieswetter clubbed Lonwabo Tsotsobe for England's only six over long-on, but the first-wicket stand ended unsatisfactorily when Hales over-committed himself for a single into the leg-side off his partner's thick inside-edge and could not beat Kallis' direct hit as he tried to dive back.

Unbeaten Both Kallis (top) and Duminy (bottom) were in fine fettle, punishing some loose England bowling

Unbeaten Both Kallis (top) and Duminy (bottom) were in fine fettle, punishing some loose England bowling

Safe hands: JP Duminy hit an unbeaten 47 as South Africa chased down England's total with ease

Kieswetter stayed long enough to help England to 40 for one in powerplay, only to go lbw to the first ball of the next over – Botha striking immediately with a big off-break which hit the batsman just on off-stump.

Out-of-form Ravi Bopara stayed that way after AB de Villiers recalled Dale Steyn, kept a slip in and duly saw England's number three go again to a compliant outside-edge.

Botha and Peterson's spin variations soon did for two of England's biggest hopes.

Eoin Morgan was bowled by Botha, attempting a hybrid leg-side swipe, and Jos Buttler advanced to Peterson but missed one that turned.

Jonny Bairstow picked out long-on with regrettable precision, off Albie Morkel – and Samit Patel was well-caught by a diving Kallis at long-off off Peterson.

In a rut: Ravi Bopara's woes continued, with England's No 4 making six off 11 balls

In a rut: Ravi Bopara's woes continued, with England's No 4 making six off 11 balls

Broad and Swann therefore had to try to rescue a worthwhile total, from 85 for seven in the 16th over, after a procession of six wickets for the addition of only 45 runs.

Swann hit Peterson to deep mid-wicket, for England's first boundary in nine overs, and he and Broad at least pushed their team into three-figures.

Top scorer: Craig Kieswetter made 25

Top scorer: Craig Kieswetter made 25

When South Africa faltered to 29 for three after four overs, it seemed England's bowlers might somehow salvage the situation after all.

But that was a fleeting misconception.

Steven Finn bowled especially well, rewarded only with the wicket of debutant Faf du Plessis – stuck on the crease lbw.

Jade Dernbach had already had opener Richard Levi well-caught high at slip by Swann, and home hopes were truly raised when De Villiers edged the same bowler behind as he tried to force off-side runs off the back foot.

But Kallis, back after his sabbatical during the drawn 50-over series, was still standing in England's way.

He and JP Duminy duly shared an unbroken stand of 90, a record for the fourth wicket by any team against England in this sprint format.

South Africa did not quite complete the task with the conspicuous ease they had in the midlands. But once again, England's faulty batting had given them the freedom to play without risk.

Broad and Swann, in particular, bowled economically. But wickets were the required currency to make a game of it – and despite Finn's early recall, they never came.

England v South Africa – live score fifth ODI Trent Bridge

LIVE: England v South Africa – follow the score from the fifth ODI at Trent Bridge

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England will be determined to complete a notable NatWest Series one day international triumph after the huge disappointment of their heavy Test defeat by South Africa.

Alastair Cook's side were comfortable six-wicket winners at Lord's and take a 2-1 lead into this final encounter at Trent Bridge.

But they must do so without Jonathan Trott, who has been ruled out with the hand injury he suffered in Sunday's win.

Victory over the Proteas will be huge boost ahead of a busy winter schedule.

There are two T20s against South Africa yet to come, before the team head to Sri Lanka for the ICC World Twenty20.

There follows a Test, ODI and T20 series away in India.

England won the toss and elected to bat. There were two changes to Cook's team: Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes replace injured pair Trott and Steven Finn.

You can stay right up to date with the latest score from Nottingham by clicking on the link below.

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England: A N Cook (Capt), I R Bell, R S Bopara, E J G Morgan, J M Bairstow, C Kieswetter (Wkt), S R Patel, J C Tredwell, C R Woakes, J W Dernbach, J M Anderson.

South Africa: H M Amla, G C Smith, D Elgar, A B de Villiers (Capt Wkt), J P Duminy, F du Plessis, W D Parnell, J L Ontong R J Peterson, D W Steyn, M Morkel.

Umpires: H D P K Dharmasena and R K Illingworth

Line 'em up: England can seal the series against South Africa at Trent Bridge

Line 'em up: England can seal the series against South Africa at Trent Bridge

Alastair Cook delighted England performance at Lord"s

Captain Cook delighted with Lord's display as England take lead in ODI series

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18:10 GMT, 2 September 2012

England captain Alastair Cook praised the all-round performance of his side after they beat South Africa by six wickets in the fourth NatWest one-day international at Lord's.

After restricting the Proteas to 220 for eight, a 141-run stand between Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott broke the back of a chase they completed with 20 balls to spare.

The win ensured England can now not lose the series, which they lead 2-1 heading into the final game at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

Delight: Cook (left) applauds as Craig Kieswetter and Eoin Morgan see England home

Delight: Cook (left) applauds as Craig Kieswetter and Eoin Morgan see England home

'It was a really good performance again,' said Cook, who had won the toss and sent the Proteas in under cloudy skies.

'When you win a toss in those conditions you need to make the most of it and I thought we did.

'(Steven) Finn and Jimmy (Anderson) asked plenty of questions up front. A couple of chances went down but we hung in there.

'Then with the bat we had that really good partnership between Bell and Trotty which probably got us most of the way home.

Gone: Cook only managed to score two runs opening England's innings

Gone: Cook only managed to score two runs opening England's innings

'We came here to win the series, we had a slow start but now it is 2-1 and all to play for at Trent Bridge.'

Bell top-scored with 88, before he was caught behind off Dale Steyn, while Trott – who was slightly restricted by a hand problem – added an invaluable 48.

Bell's innings continued his good form since being elevated to the top of the order at the start of the summer.

'Yeah it's been good. It's nice to get to the top of order,' he said.

Man of the match: Bell scored 88 runs

Man of the match: Bell scored 88 runs

South Africa captain AB de Villiers blamed his side's middle order after they were unable to capitalise on a solid platform for the second consecutive game.

'Unfortunately the middle order failed again so we'll have to look at that,' he said.

'The guys will have to have a look at themselves, including me. It's a matter of knuckling down.

'We go to Trent Bridge 2-1 down but we could make it 2-2 which would be quite a good result.'

England beat South Africa by four wickets in third ODI at the Oval

England v South Africa: Dernbach and Morgan put smile back on Flower's face

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20:12 GMT, 31 August 2012

England celebrated their first victory over South Africa this summer
after half-centuries from Eoin Morgan and Jonathan Trott saw them to a
four-wicket win in the third match of the NatWest Series.

Having lost the Test series 2-0 and fallen 1-0 behind after two matches
of the one-day leg, England turned the tide at the Kia Oval courtesy of
Morgan's fluent 73 and a stoic 71 from Trott.

High times: England's Jade Dernbach, right, celebrates with Craig Kieswetter after claiming the wicket of South Africa's Dean Elgar

High times: England's Jade Dernbach, right, celebrates with Craig Kieswetter after claiming the wicket of South Africa's Dean Elgar

The bowlers earlier played their part by dismissing the tourists for 211, Ravi Bopara miserly with one wicket for 31 runs in 10 overs and James Anderson polishing off the tail to close with four for 44.

England briefly looked in bother on 64 for three but Trott played the anchor role in a dogged 125-ball innings, while Morgan added the flair with seven fours and two sixes.

Ian Bell wasted no time getting England's chase going but, after crashing three boundaries in Lonwabo Tsotsobe's first over, he was pinned leg before wicket by Dale Steyn.

Big hit: Eoin Morgan scored a quickfire 73

Big hit: Eoin Morgan scored a quickfire 73

Steady: Jonathan Trott shared a century stand with Morgan

Steady: Jonathan Trott shared a century stand with Morgan

His opening partner Alastair Cook took 18 balls to get off the mark but did so by turning Tsotsobe off his hips for four.
Eleven more came off Steyn's fourth over as Trott arrived at the crease and the hosts reached 45 for one after 10 overs.

Tight lines from Morne Morkel and Wayne Parnell saw just 12 runs added in the next five overs.

Cook was particularly sedate and went for a laboured 20 with a tame shot to Robin Peterson.

Bopara then fell for a disputed duck, given caught behind off Morkel.

He immediately reviewed the verdict but the technology was inconclusive and he was forced to depart, albeit reluctantly.

At 69 for three from 20 overs, England had plenty of work to do.

Ouch: Morne Morkel falls on the ball after failing to take a catch...

Ouch: Morne Morkel falls on the ball after failing to take a catch…

... and Graeme Smith, right, sees the funny side

… and Graeme Smith, right, sees the funny side

Morgan's arrival added much-needed impetus – not to mention boundaries – as he raced past 30 at better than a run-a-ball.

A wide from Dean Elgar took England's target below 100 and Morgan
thrashed the spinner for the first six of the day in the 32nd over.

All the while, Trott was compiling slowly but surely and reached 50 from 86 deliveries.

Morgan's own half-century came off a breezier 54 balls and he overtook his partner with a flowing four over extra-cover.

A second six followed to the same area off Tsotsobe and his seventh four, off Morkel, brought up the century stand.
Morgan's game-changing knock ended with a looping caught-and-bowled to Peterson and 40 still needed.

Craig Kieswetter cleared the ropes once before being run out for 14,
leaving Trott to shepherd England within five runs of victory.

The impressive Parnell accounted for the number three, via the outside
edge, but Samit Patel was on hand to hit the winning boundary.

Controversy: England's Ravi Bopara, left, questions dismissal with umpire Kumar Dharmasena

Controversy: England's Ravi Bopara, left, questions dismissal with umpire Kumar Dharmasena

Questionable: Morgan departs despite Peterson dropping the ball as he went to celebrate catch

Questionable: Morgan departs despite Peterson dropping the ball as he went to celebrate catch

South Africa, having won the toss and batted, got off to a promising
start but after reaching 119 for two at the halfway stage they lost
wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out with 3.2 overs remaining.

Hashim Amla, having made a 311 not out on this ground in the Test
series, was quickly into his stride and plundered 11 off James
Anderson's third over.

His partner, Graeme Smith, had 18 of the first 50 runs before he was bowled by Anderson to an ugly stroke.

Cook turned to Bopara and his nagging medium pace soon after and he successfully strangled the scoring.

It was Jade Dernbach who made the key breakthrough, though, swinging a
full delivery past Amla's bat and removing leg stump for 43.

The bowling powerplay boosted England, costing just 21 runs and yielding that prize scalp.

Elgar and AB de Villiers were in danger of getting stuck until they took
13 off a single James Tredwell over, although the off-spinner exacted
his revenge at his next visit.

De Villiers was the man out, chipping to Bell at long-off for 28.

Bopara got a deserved wicket when he bowled Faf du Plessis for one and
Elgar went for a less-than-fluent 42 when he missed a trademark Dernbach
slower ball.

Number seven Parnell had a frenetic eight-ball stay, hitting one
authentic four through midwicket and two edged boundaries before
Dernbach had him caught behind.

That left JP Duminy to repair the innings and he made a diligent 33
before holing out off the bowling of Tredwell looking to up the rate.

Anderson made light work of the lower order, removing Steyn, Morkel and Tsotsobe in the space of eight deliveries.

Eoin Morgan: I"d give up IPL for England Test return

I’d give up IPL for Test return, insists Morgan as England prepare for ODI series

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22:48 GMT, 27 August 2012

The riches of the Indian Premier League were said by Andy Flower last week to be the 'catalyst' for the breakdown in Kevin Pietersen's relationship with England.

Eoin Morgan promises it won't distract him. Morgan is one of the few England players other than Pietersen who has proved attractive to IPL owners, even though he failed to play during his two-month stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders earlier this year.

That did not stop him earning around 220,000 for his eight weeks sitting on the Kolkata bench and spurning the chance to try to regain his lost Test place by working on his first-class game with Middlesex.

On the up: Morgan is keen for a return to the Test side

On the up: Morgan is keen for a return to the Test side

2nd one-day international

ENGLAND (probable): Cook (capt), Bell,Trott, Bopara, Morgan, Kieswetter (wkt), Woakes, Bresnan, Swann, Finn, Anderson.

SOUTH AFRICA (probable): Smith, Amla, Elgar, De Villiers (capt and wkt), Duminy, Du Plessis, McLaren, Parnell, Peterson, M Morkel, Tsotsobe.

Umpires: Rob Bailey (England) and Simon Taufel (Australia).

TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka).

Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe).

Venue: Ageas Bowl, Southampton, 1pm.

Yet, Morgan, the most important batting talent in an England one-day side who finally start their NatWest Series against South Africa on Tuesday at the Ageas Bowl, insists he will resist the lure of the East next year if there is any chance of returning to the Test middle order.

'I came across from Ireland as a 15-year-old to try to play Test cricket and it remains my priority,' said Morgan, who was dropped after scoring just 82 runs in six innings against Pakistan at the start of this year.

'I've had a little sniff of it and absolutely loved it. I was in the England team when we became No 1 in the world and nothing comes close to the experience of being in a winning Test side.

Outcast: Pietersen's chances of ending his exile remain remote

Outcast: Pietersen's chances of ending his exile remain remote

'If it came about that I was back in the Test team around the next IPL, I would be the happiest man in the world. And if I'm in the frame but not quite in the team, then I might have to look differently at whether I play the full IPL. I looked into that this year but I was a long way away after being dropped so I didn't investigate playing more county cricket too closely.'

If Pietersen is unable to bring his exile to an end before the Test trip to India in November – and chances of that remain remote – then Morgan will be hoping to claim the final batting place in the squad by spearheading England's attempt over four matches to at least remain on top of the one-day rankings.

Asset: Morgan is the most important batting talent in an England one-day side

Asset: Morgan is the most important batting talent in an England one-day side

Morgan has averaged only 30 in his 16 Tests – 10 fewer than his one-day mean – and struggled in the long game even before his ordeal at the hands of Pakistan.

But England still rate him very highly and have not discarded him from their Test thoughts, even though he has now fallen behind Jonny Bairstow, James Taylor and possibly Ravi Bopara in the pecking order.

'The route to the Test team came through one-day performances for me and the bigger picture for me remains Test cricket,' said Morgan, who has made two of his four one-day centuries at the Hampshire venue.

'I'm a better player now than I was at the start of the year. I think I've proved that in bursts. Hopefully, I can prove that again during this series.'

Pietersen played for Surrey at Taunton yesterday while England captain Andrew Strauss has extended his week’s holiday, so there has been little chance for the pair to thrash out the former’s problems.

Yet, Sportsmail understands England hope to be nearer to knowing whether they will be able to welcome Pietersen back by the end of this week.

They must move quickly because time is running out before they name their Test squad for India and their centrally contracted players before leaving for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka on September 13.

England have not yet begun the process of renewing their contracts, which usually begin with informal one-on-one talks between Flower and each player.

Until Pietersen has had the chance of a full and frank exchange with his captain, he remains unlikely to get as far as contract discussions.