Cape Town - England cruised to a 106-run win against Bangladesh in Cardiff and their captain, Eoin Morgan, was full of praise for his team as they bounced back from their loss to Pakistan.
The game started off with England being put into bat and the openers, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy, put on a 128-run stand.
“Today that opening stand really did lay a solid platform," said Morgan. "I don't think it was that easy up front. I don't think the ball came on to bat a lot. The first four or five overs proved that; we didn't really go anywhere. We were trying to score runs, but we didn't go anywhere.
“I thought Jason and Jonny were outstanding. They assessed conditions well. They waited for the bad ball. Waited for themselves to impose themselves in the innings, and 128 is a considerable standard.”
Roy was singled out for praise by Morgan accordin to the Cricket World Cup website after his 153 (121) which allowed England to post a massive score of 386/6, a record score on this ground and England’s highest ever total at Cricket World Cups.
“To be honest, it's a luxury [having Roy in the team] people in the general… talk about scoring hundreds. He's an exception to the rule that just goes on and gets big scores, and it can range from 140 or 180, and the rate he gets it at, just he's so difficult to defend. He scores all the way around the ground. He takes really good bowlers down, as well. He hits good balls for boundaries. So, he's great to have on the side, particularly when he's in this form.
“If you look at the guy as he's matured from a county cricketer into the full-blown international cricketer he is now, the temperament he shows at different stages of his innings and how he goes about picking off his boundaries and the areas in which he scores; I think from the start of his international cricket to right now, I think there's a considerable difference.”
One slight concern for England going forward is the fitness of Jos Buttler. England’s wicketkeeper didn’t field in this game after experiencing tightness in his right hip. Morgan says he is not overly concerned.
“There's no serious concern at the moment. He's obviously going to be monitored over the next 48 hours, but at the moment, it was more precautionary rather than unable to do his job.”