England can lift World Cup 2019: Morgan

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Eoin Morgan insists England can achieve their dreams of World Cup glory so long as they stick to their “A-game” after a win over India revived the hosts’ prospects of reaching the semi-finals.

Morgan’s men came into Sunday’s match at Edgbaston on the back of successive defeats by Sri Lanka and Australia.

But they were far more like the team that started this World Cup as the top-ranked one-day international side during a 31-run win that ended new number one India’s unbeaten start to the tournament.

Jonny Bairstow scored 111 and together with Jason Roy, who made 66 on his return from a torn hamstring, shared a first-wicket stand of 160 — the highest opening partnership of this World Cup.

Ben Stokes then added a brisk 79 as England piled up 337-7 after Morgan won the toss on a good pitch.

India’s reply saw Chris Woakes strike early for England on his Warwickshire home ground, while recalled paceman Liam Plunkett took wickets in the middle of the innings.

“I’m delighted,” said Morgan, whose side will book a place in the last four if they beat New Zealand in their final group match in Durham on Wednesday. “The manner in which we played today was outstanding and resonates with everyone in the dressing room. It’s come at a good time against a really good team.”

England have yet to win the World Cup but Morgan said: “Having played how we did today is very encouraging for us. The closer we get to playing our A-game, the more chance we have of going all the way. If we were scraping along I wouldn’t be as confident.”

Bairstow’s hundred followed a row with Michael Vaughan.

The former England captain accused Bairstow of being “negative” and “pathetic” for saying “people were waiting for us to fail”.

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