Joe Root provided up a well timed reminder of his white-ball credentials with a match-winning knock as England started their tour of South Africa with an inside warm-up match at Newlands.
The 23-man squad was break up in two for the 40-over observe match in Cape City, with one-day skipper Eoin Morgan main the blue facet whereas his deputy, Jos Buttler, guided the crimson shirts to a snug 50-run victory.
Tom Curran was most unlucky to be on the shedding finish, selecting up 4 for 25 with the ball earlier than hitting 31 from quantity eight.
The end result owed a lot to Root’s run-a-ball 77, simply the highest rating of the day containing seven fours and 6, and ensured there could be no swift finish to the controversy over his position in England’s limited-overs set-up.
Whereas the Take a look at captain stays an integral a part of the ODI staff he has as soon as once more been missed for the forthcoming T20 sequence towards the Proteas and might be left to observe from the sidelines.
England’s selectors haven’t any trigger to query his calibre and can arguably really feel the ultra-reliable, regular hand of his newest knock solely reinforces what they already suspect: Root is essentially the most succesful anchoring batsman within the nation however doesn’t have easy accessibility to the additional gears they want within the dash format.
But his mastery of a sluggish pitch that defied so a lot of his top-order colleagues – solely Sam Billings, with whom he shared a century stand, outdid him for fluency – showcased the form of high quality that may be put to make use of in nearly any match scenario.
Not content material with that, he took a three-over cameo with the ball and bagged the prize scalp of Ben Stokes.
Staff Buttler posted 255 all out batting first, Dawid Malan (28), Jason Roy (16) and Buttler (16) all getting begins earlier than Root and Billings did the majority of the scoring.
The pair scored busily and made timing the ball look simpler than it was on a attempting floor, with Root’s highlights a pulled six off Stokes and a reverse-swept 4 to achieve 50. Billings picked up the place he left off in the summertime, making a breezy half-century lit up by huge blows off Jake Ball and Moeen Ali.
Reece Topley obtained the primary wicket of the day, bowling Roy, and Stokes had Billings caught within the deep in an in any other case costly spell however Curran and Mark Wooden have been the standouts.
Wooden took out Malan and Root, each attempting and failing to clear mid-off, and later Sam Curran, whereas Curran’s miserly consistency stored the speed down and the wickets column ticking.
Jofra Archer kicked off the reply with a maiden to Jonny Bairstow and shortly had Tom Banton caught behind, setting the tone completely. After 15 all the prime 4 was gone with the rating on 66 – Bairstow edging Sam Curran, Stokes holing out to certainly one of Root’s off-breaks and Chris Jordan getting Morgan together with his first supply.
Chris Woakes (55) and Tom Curran revived their facet with an 80-run stand for the seventh wicket however have been unable to push it any additional. Curran was caught and bowled by the spectacular Olly Stone, with Woakes stumped charging Adil Rashid.
Lewis Gregory ended issues with two wickets within the closing over, leaving Staff Morgan 205 all out with 25 balls unbowled.