Vastavam web: England captain Eoin Morgan says his team was simply “clinical” in the series-clinching win over India in the third and final ODI here, a feat that was achieved after quickly learning from the “mistakes” committed in the first two games. India lost by eight wickets as England rode on Joe Root’s 13th ODI century to chase down a target of 257 in 44.3 overs last night. The series ended 2-1 in the home team’s favour.”We started poorly. As the series has gone on we have improved. It is a benefit of playing a bilateral series,” Morgan said in the post-match press conference.Root and Morgan were involved in an unbeaten 186-run partnership. It was the second consecutive hundred for Root after his effort at the Lord’s, and it puts him in good stead for the five-Test series beginning on August 1.
“I think it is extremely encouraging (for the Test series). The composure he’s shown, particularly in the last two games, is the Joe Root we know and trust.
“He’s been outstanding even when he’s been low on runs, around the group he’s been the same guy, hungry for runs and hopefully that continues for the rest of the summer,” Morgan said.With yesterday’s knock, Root went top of the list among English batsmen to score ODI hundreds.
Root was instrumental in the manner England contended with Kuldeep Yadav since the Lord’s game. Ever since regaining his composure against wrist spin, Root drove England to victory in the latter games of this series. “It’s hard for me to compare red ball and white ball because it’s different picking the seam on the ball. I’m very proud of the way we’ve improved throughout. But Kuldeep hasn’t played that many games, I’m sure they’ll come back with something different.”Adil Rashid has been at the top of his game for the last few years but he’s made unbelievable changes, fractional changes, variations and he reads the game well,” Morgan opined.
Morgan said the challenge will be to maintain consistency until the 2019 World Cup after beating India 2-1 in the three-match series.”…be better at dealing with them (the challenges) from the start as opposed to making big mistakes and then improving on them as we go along. The World Cup is 10 games. I presume by the time the last group stage game is played it will be the best four teams topping the group.