Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

England Skipper in a Salute to Ton-Up Jos

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

England Skipper in a Salute to Ton-Up Jos

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EOIN Morgan hailed "phenomenal" Jos Buttler for setting up a series-opening win for England with his fourth one-day international hundred.

The Lancashire star's century, his second in as many ODI innings, was his slowest to date - a statistic, given it came from only 73 balls, which says much about his outstanding ability.

It was enough too, along with three other England 50s, to give them the edge in a high-scoring match eventually settled in their favour by 39 runs on Duckworth/Lewis.

Quinton de Kock had returned fire with a career-best 138 not out but then an evening storm stopped South Africa in their tracks on 250 for five in pursuit of 399 for nine.

England's secondhighest ODI total, and their biggest away from home, owed most to Buttler (105) - with Alex Hales (57), Joe Root (52) and Ben Stokes (57) all contributing signficantly too. …

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