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Eoin Morgan says ‘wins over Pakistan will boost England at World Cup’

The victories over Pakistan in the ongoing ODI series have boosted England’s confidence going into the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, beginning May 30, said captain Eoin Morgan.

The Morgan-led team pulled off a total of 359 under 45 overs with the help of wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow, who played a knock of 128 off 93 balls. The win also marked England’s second highest successful run-chase.

“When guys perform like this, it builds confidence within the changing room. With regards to looking ahead, that is a really positive thing for our group,” ICC quoted Morgan, as saying.

The captain, moreover, gave a hint that there could be changes and rotations in the last two of the five matches as England have already won the series.

“Hopefully, we’ll see Mark Wood – his preparations have been really good. There will be more opportunity for Joe (Denly), hopefully, in the next two games. Being such a small ground, we only tend to play one spinner here – obviously, Moeen (Ali) played as well, and we had the luxury of having Joe (Root) as the allrounder. So it’s unfortunate that he only bowled one over, but I think he’ll have a chance again in, hopefully, one of the next two games,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bairstow credited the Indian Premier League (IPL) for helping him grow. The wicket-keeper batsman, who was the debutant in the 12th edition of IPL, was in prolific form while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He formed a brilliant opening partnership with his Ashes rival David Warner. Despite playing only 10 of the 15 games, Bairstow finished as Hyderabad’s second-highest run-scorer.