‘Incredible’ Covid-hit England impress Morgan with Pakistan success

    England’s Lewis Gregory is celebrating after beating Pakistan’s Haris Rauf to win the second ODI in the Lord on Saturday. Photo: Reuters



    England’s Lewis Gregory is celebrating after beating Pakistan’s Haris Rauf to win the second ODI in the Lord on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    Eoin Morgan took quarantine time to praise the “incredible” efforts of a completely changed side of England, after winning an international series win over Pakistan with an impressive 52 wins in the Lord on Saturday

    The captain who won the Morgan World Cup and the entire initially selected England team for this three-game campaign had to be isolated as three players and four supporters showed a positive for Covid-19.

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    Even so, a new England XI beat Pakistan by nine yards in Cardiff on Thursday before an unbearable 2-0 draw in front of 23,000 home cricket fans.

    Lewis Gregory was named player of the match, Somerset all-rounder making a valuable 40 to help England reach 247 after falling to 160-7, before the pacemaker led the way with 3-44 as Pakistan was rejected in 195

    Phil Salt, 60, and James Vince, 56, were also on the run, while goalkeeper John Simpson, Morgan’s long-time Middlesex teammate, kept five plates, including a major collapse.

    He challenged Morgan to greet reserve captain Ben Stokes via tweet: “15 of the current team in isolation. (Josh) Butler and (Joffra) Gerrard were injured.

    “What Ben Stokes and the team have achieved is incredible. We look forward to watching the next game!”

    “Raise our hands”

    Gregory, meanwhile, aware that his chances at ODI may be limited, said: “To say that you have played for your home country in cricket is a special moment and the crowd was fantastic.

    “But this one day team in England is hard to beat. The kids there are hard to beat. All we can do is do a show and put our hands up when the opportunity arises.”

    And having helped secure a trophy for a national team, Gregory hoped the English football team could do the same in Sunday’s European Championship final against Italy at Wembley.

    “We will all meet and watch the game tomorrow,” he said.

    “Hopefully our last two games have kept up the momentum for the English sport and can get the job done”

    Pakistani footballer Hassan Ali got 5-51 hit with an opponent 31, including three sixes, but there was no doubt about another complete defeat.

    “I feel proud. It is an honor for me to have five wickets, but I am obviously disappointed because we lost the series in two games,” he said.

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