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Skipper Andrew Strauss celebrates Eoin Morgan heroics

Eoin Morgan
Morgan played shots all around the wicket in a majestic innings

England captain Andrew Strauss was left in total admiration of Eoin Morgan after his sublime unbeaten 103 inspired a four-wicket victory over Australia.

"What a fantastic innings," Strauss said. "One of the best I have seen.

"He's playing an aggressive finishing role, causing headaches for opposition captains, and the great thing is he is doing it consistently.

"A lot of guys have got a nice level of consistency and it's a nice formula that's working well for us."

England take their 1-0 lead into the second of the five-match series at Cardiff on Thursday, and Strauss said: "We're not getting carried away but it's good to get the series off to a good start."

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One of the simplest tasks of the evening was to name Morgan man-of-the-match and the 23-year-old said: "I've been in good nick for a while now and want to play more so I can take advantage of it.

"I've learned from mistakes, I try to keep things simple and it came off today."

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting warned: "A loss generally brings the best out of us.

"I thought we were 15-20 runs short with the bat and the bowling wasn't quite good enough.

"I thought [Josh] Hazlewood adapted pretty well [on debut] and Michael Clarke played very well but the way Morgan played they deserved to win the game."

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