Eoin Morgan claims England can achieve their dreams of World cup glory as long as they stick to their “A-game” after a win over India made them list in the semi-finals.
Morgan’s men came to the field on Sunday after successive defeats against Srilanka and Australia and made the match against India with 31 runs.
The opener Jonny Bairstow made a high score of 111 and together with Jason Roy, who made 66 after returning from a torn hamstring. In their partnership, they made 160 which was the highest opening in this World Cup.
Ben Stokes added 76 runs which went to 337 for 7 which was a huge score for England in the batting pitch.
“I’m delighted, the manner in which we played today was outstanding and resonates with everyone in the dressing room. It’s come at a good time against a really good team. Having played how we did today is very encouraging for us.” – Morgan said.
“The closer we get to play our A-game, the more chance we have of going all the way. If we were scraping along I wouldn’t be as confident.” – Morgan added.
The former England captain accused Bairstow of being negative and saying “people were waiting for us to fail”.
Morgan about Bairstow: “He does tend to get fired up and that suits him, regardless of what’s happened in the week. He likes a bit of fire in his belly and I don’t mind that when he comes out and plays like that.”
“Look, I’m not saying I want everyone to come out and abuse me! By no means am I saying that. There are different ways you can look at it. Along the way people have questioned technique, people have questioned conditions, everything like that. You’re going out every time to try to score a hundred. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes you nick one, sometimes it misses the stumps and goes for four and off you pop, you’re away and running.” – Bairstow said.
Morgan about Roy: “Having him back is a big confidence booster – he’s very intimidating, hard to bowl to and he’s a gun player.”
“It was a fantastic atmosphere, We know the fanatical support the India team have. There are two ways you can go about it — you can either be intimidated by it or you can go and relish it and enjoy it. I think the experience of guys now playing around the world in different competitions, especially in the IPL (Indian Premier League), allows people to get used to the noise, definitely the noise, and enjoy how fanatical the Indian public is about our great game.” – Bairstow said.