Cook hails Morgan heroics
England captain Alastair Cook was full of praise for Eoin Morgan's "incredible" innings as the hosts beat Australian in the first ODI.
The hard-hitting left-hander came in with England's innings just starting to wobble and he bided his time before unleashing several powerful blows to finish unbeaten on 89.
He was helped by 54 from Jonathan Trott and solid contributions from Cook and Ian Bell at the top of the order as England reached 272-5 from their 50 overs at Lord's on Friday.
Michael Clarke and David Warner both hit half-centuries for the Aussies but they lost by 15 runs as England took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
The England bowlers held their nerve under pressure and Steve Finn, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan took two wickets each as the men from Down Under fell just short of their target.
But it was Morgan's knock that got the ground buzzing and Cook feels his 63-ball innings was a superb piece of batting in an England performance that went pretty much to plan.
"To score at a strike rate of 130 or 140 is an incredible innings," he said. "We kept wickets in hand, and we all know at Lord's you can make up time, especially with people like Eoin to come in. It worked well.
"To have wickets in hand is part of our gameplan, and the conditions didn't allow us to do much else for the first 20 odd overs - I don't think you could have played much differently."