England find their way to victory

14 June 2018 03:12:09 EST
David Willey struck the winning runs for England at The Oval.

Eoin Morgan praised the battling qualities of his England side after they edged home in the first one-day international against Australia at The Oval.

Having suffered a huge ODI upset at the hands of Scotland a few days earlier, the Three Lions made hard work of an eventual three-wicket win over the Baggy Greens.

Finding a way to get over the line was important. We did a really good job of it.

Eoin Morgan

Having bowled out the tourists for 214, with both Liam Plunkett and Moeen Ali taking three wickets, the hosts stuttered before reaching their target with six overs to spare - with David Willey smashing a six to end the match.

And Morgan was pleased to see his team find a way to win a match that looked at one point to be about to slip away from them.

He told the assembled media: "The most important thing is that we did get the win.

"Before the Scotland game I mentioned how going into the World Cup and trying to replicate tournament cricket is getting wins when you don't necessarily play well, or you wake up and don't have a great day.

"But finding a way to get over the line was important. We did a really good job of it.

"With the bat we were below par, but managed to get over the line. It's a big positive to take, because that's a characteristic we're going to need."

The second ODI of five takes place at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Saturday, with England 4/6 to win the match and take a 2-0 series lead.

Morgan is priced at 1212/1 to be top team batsman for the home side, with Jonny Bairstow available at 7/2.

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