Morgan cautious over Stokes injury

Henrietta Brewer
May 26, 2017

England captain Eoin Morgan's century helped the hosts to a decent total of 339 for six against South Africa in a one-day global at Headingley on Wednesday as they began their domestic summer campaign.

If the art of captaincy is leading from the front, then Morgan had it down to a fine art here, scoring 107 from 93 balls with seven fours and five sixes as England totalled 339-6 after being sent into bat.

He was dismissed in the 48th to end a stand of 117 - a sixth-wicket record for England in ODIs against South Africa - with Moeen Ali‚ who scored 77 not out.

England's 339/6 is the highest total in the 39 ODIs played at Headingley‚ and South Africa were in the running only while Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis were at the crease.

Set a target of 340 for a win, South Africa were shot out for 267 in 45 overs.

But before then, they still have two ODIs against the Proteas, with Saturday's match at Southampton followed by a series finale at Lord's on Monday.

England's early lead in the three-match series was built on the back of Morgan's superb century - and fast bowler Chris Woakes' four key wickets.

Protea great AB de Villiers had a sad return to the ODI format and captaincy with his South African side going down to England by 72 runs in the first ODI at Headingley.

Hosts England will kick things off against Bangladesh at The Oval on June 1 as they go in search of their first major 50-over title.

"When he came back on the field he was fit to bowl, but we managed to take a wicket when he came back on and I felt bowling him again, even though he was fit, wasn't worth the risk.give him an extra day or two with ice", said Morgan.

De Villiers, however, refused to read too much into this result ahead of the Champions Trophy. While fielding Stokes, suffered a pain in his left knee and left the ground for sometime. This was his third ODI century of 2017, after Cuttack and Antigua, and a 10th in England colours, leaving him second only to Marcus Trescothick's 12. Moeen's 70-odd also allowed England to get 20-30 runs more than what we expected.

South Africa made a decision to field first on winning the toss.

Morgan pulled Rabada for six towards the old pavilion to reach a 90-ball hundred, perishing in pursuit of another maximum when he skied to long-off.

Woakes, who had earlier bowled two steady spells and taken the wickets of Quinton de Kock and David Miller, finished off the tail by claiming the last two wickets off successive deliveries.

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