Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Moeen's All-Round Talent Is Vital for England - Morgan

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Moeen's All-Round Talent Is Vital for England - Morgan

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A RELIEVED Eoin Morgan saw England kick-start their World Cup campaign with a comfortable 119-run win over Scotland in Christchurch.

Opener Moeen Ali's second one-day international century ensured that any threat of a slip-up - in a match that loomed as a potential banana skin - was quickly averted and helped settle an England side shaken by heavy back-toback defeats to start their tournament. "I don't think there was ever a state of panic. We had two hard games and the fact we didn't perform was disappointing," Morgan said.

"A win just puts things a little more at ease. It gives guys a little bit of confidence even the guys who didn't perform today.

"Talking to guys who had a little bit of success today will be good for them."

England's first win at the tournament was built around Moeen's 172-run opening partnership with Ian Bell.

The pair were hardly troubled as they broke the England opening partnership record at a World Cup - previously set at 158 by Dennis Amiss and Barry Wood in 1975.

Scotland barely managed to better that in their reply, as they were bowled out for 184 in 42.2 overs and, after Moeen claimed two wickets to go with his 128 from 107 balls, Morgan revealed he felt "privileged" to be able to call on his match-winning potential.

"I rate him really highly. He's an allrounder that we haven't had for a very long time," he said.

"He's somebody who opens the batting and plays in the fashion that he does and the purchase he gets on the ball. I think we are very privileged to have him.

"We certainly don't undervalue him."

England's next move is to return to the scene of their humiliation at the hands of New Zealand with their next match against Sri Lanka in Wellington on Sunday.

They will fly back to the New Zealand capital with a greater deal more confi-dence, albeit having beaten a Scotland side still searching for a first-ever World Cup win, after sticking with the same team that were blitzed by the Black Caps.

"We obviously considered it (making changes)," Morgan said.

"We came to the conclusion that we haven't performed in the first two games so to argue the balance of the side was wrong, you couldn't really do it because we hadn't seen guys perform. …

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