Morgan hails England bowlers

03 March 2018 04:50:35 EST

Eoin Morgan paid tribute to the England bowlers following Saturday's four-run win over New Zealand.

The tourists went 2-1 up in the five-match series following a tense finish in Wellington, with proceedings going down to the final ball.

Home captain Kane Williamson was on strike but Chris Woakes restricted him to a dot ball courtesy of a wide yorker.

England had earlier set a target of 234, Morgan top-scoring on 48, a total that left the bowlers plenty to do.

Woakes claimed 2-40, while Adil Rashid took 2-34. However, it was his fellow spinner Moeen Ali who won the man-of-the match award thanks to his 3-36.

The bowlers did a great job at the end.

Eoin Morgan

Youngster Tom Curran also recovered from a poor spell to hold the Kiwis in the penultimate over before Woakes saw the match out.

The teams now head to Dunedin for Tuesday's fourth match of the series, with the Black Caps 1/1 to win and England 4/5.

Saturday's performance has undoubtedly boosted Morgan's confidence in his bowlers and the skipper admits they made the difference at the Westpac, especially at the death.

Morgan told Sky Sports: "It was a brilliant game of cricket and hopefully entertaining for everyone. It took a huge amount of commitment and thinking to bat on that pitch.

"It was then a game of cat and mouse when New Zealand batted. The spin twins did their job for us but the partnership between Kane Williamson and Mitchell Santner put us on the back foot.

"The bowlers did a great job at the end, particularly Tom Curran who is a young guy and Chris Woakes who has been there before."

Morgan is 9/2 to be England's top batsman in Dunedin.

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