England edge out Proteas in T20 decider


Now, after South Africa's premature exit in the recently concluded Champions Trophy, it seems the 32-year-old has reached a saturation point.

South Africa have never won the 50 over World Cup, and ABD has been very vocal about how he is desperate to win the elusive Cup for his nation.

"Dawid Malan was fantastic on debut".

It was the first time an England player had scored a half-century on his T20 debut, but South Africa fought back superbly in the closing stages as Dane Paterson took four wickets.

Malan, in particular, took advantage in a strikingly assured performance.

Morgan, who'd promised to field all the five uncapped players at the start of the series, could not play Craig Overton in any of the games, and had to later explain the situation.

The Middlesex left-hander smashed 78 from 44 balls in helping the hosts to a 19-run victory in the Cardiff decider.

He was not the only new-ish player to impress.

De Villiers was gutted to have lost the match, and said: "I think so, it's probably true they played better cricket throughout the series so credit to them".

But he held his nerve and after conceding two more singles, he tempted the SA skipper into another sweep - and Alex Hales took a superb catch on the boundary to get Crane his prize. Crane, whose celebrations of his maiden global wicket were something to behold, finished his spell by conceding just two from his final over. "He was always the one to get after, but he stuck to his guns".

Malan and Hales went on to add 105 for the second wicket to set England on course for a good total before the Nottinghamshire man went.

But Morgan guaranteed himself a fair share of the headlines when he chose to sit out the game, saying: "There's a rigorous Test schedule coming up". "Craig is aware and all is fine".

But a rapid re-allocation of tickets worked well for the England-Pakistan game after fears that India supporters, who bought tickets for both semi-finals, would not turn up.

June 26 England's limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has defended missing Sunday's series-deciding Twenty 20 global with South Africa, saying he had wanted to give younger players the chance to get some minutes on the pitch. "I'm still only 22 and hopefully as I get older I can put on a couple more yards". The calls for greater context for such matches are certain to increase. "But this is an important part of our development for this series".

Despite handing over the captaincy for the final match, Morgan, in full playing kit, still lifted the trophy after the playing XI secured the series win in Cardiff.

"Ideally, yes (I would have played)". Given the rotation system that we have had in the past, it's unfortunate.