England captain Eoin Morgan rested for T20 decider against South Africa
- Author: Stacy Allen Jun 27, 2017,
Jun 27, 2017, 0:32
Both sides now turn their attention to Test cricket with a four-match series starting at Lord's on July 6.
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England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan insisted he had done the right thing for the team's "development" by dropping himself for the third Twenty20 worldwide against South Africa at Cardiff on Sunday.
That saw Malan stride to the wicket in the third over, and there was no sign of nerves as he hoisted Morris over mid-wicket for six from only his second ball in worldwide cricket.
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"Morgan is England's leader".
Although excellent death bowling from Dane Paterson, who was twice on a hat-trick en route to 4-32, limited England's acceleration in the closing overs, the hosts' total of 181-8 proved more than sufficient as South Africa faltered in reply.
One of the positives that came out of the game was the young talent that stood up when the pressure was on. "On debut it was a fantastic effort", said Buttler. Leg-spinner Mason Crane, still just 20 years of age, showed bags of character, and a fair bit of skill. Liam Livingstone struggled to get going during a crucial phase in the previous game but is likely to get another chance.
"It was very tough on him but all credit for having the bravery and guts to keep going and get the wicket".
Morgan previously justified his move by saying: "We recognise the series as a big opportunity to have a look at a younger group of players". Tom Curran was brilliant for his two games. "He looks a real find". South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "We let ourselves down in the field with a couple of fumbles and a few dropped catches".
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan was incredulous at the absent skipper, with Jos Buttler taking the reins for the match. We were not far off but it was disappointing.
"Dawid showed that by producing that performance and it shows there are some really good players really knocking on the door".
"They seem to be going through a good patch and have a lot of talent".
"They fielded pretty well and saved about 10, so there's a 30-run swing there".
"I had a chat with him when they announced the squad for the Ireland matches when they'd rested a few players".
In the absence of Morgan, England were captained by Jos Buttler and the stand-in captain praised the impact of his side's inexperienced global players, including man of the match Malan. I work my socks off day-in, day-out in all three formats. Jason obviously looked at the umpire but after that he ran in a straight line, so that's why it was a 50-50 call.