Eoin Morgan hails England's batsmen after New Zealand victory

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2019

Dawid Malan struck the fastest century in England's T20I history to set up a series-levelling win in Napier.

The 182-operate partnership in between Malan and Morgan was also England's greatest in T20s.

It was his maiden century in T20 internationals and only Alex Hales had previously scored one for England.

Malan finished 103 not out. Even before this match, he had a fine T20I record - he had registered five half-centuries in his first eight T20I games - but probably needed to produce something special to remain in contention for selection once the likes of Jason Roy, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes return to the side.

"I don't think we've ever batted in that manner or posted a score like that, so to do it against a very strong line-up and come out winners is extremely satisfying", said Morgan.

"I got to about 80 and I thought these boundaries are so small I may as well have a crack". The English skipper reached this milestone in style as he slammed rival captain Tim Southee for back to back boundaries and edge past the 50-run mark in just 21 deliveries.

In fairness, the New Zealanders could have bowled excellently and it may not have made a difference, such was the power and precision with which Malan and Morgan were striking.

However Malan provided the inexorable thrust, posting a second half century from 17 deliveries and reaching a century which included nine fours and six sixes.

76 - Runs by England in the last four overs of their innings - the most by any team in a T20I.

They then helped England add 85 in the last five overs with only left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (2-32) emerging with any credit.

New Zealand started their run chase at a fast clip reaching 54 in the fifth over when Martin Guptill was dismissed for 27 and wickets fell regularly after that.

The majority of England's Test squad arrived in New Zealand this week and will travel to Whangarei on Monday with those that were involved in the T20 series following the 5th T20I at Eden Park on Sunday.

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