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Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:45:00 GMT | By Star Sports

You have to take a few risks: Morgan

Eoin Morgan was a happy man as he returned to form to take England to a six-wicket win over Ireland in the RSA Insurance ODI at Malahide.

You have to take a few risks: Morgan

“Today has been magnificent to get time in middle, runs under my belt and to contribute to an England win,” Morgan told Sky Sports 2. “Time in the middle as a batsman is crucial going into big series.

“Today I felt I was pretty good. I was more nervous in the changing-room than I was in the middle.

“The wicket was tough and challenging. It was a challenge with ball and bat.”

The skipper combined with Ravi Bopara to put on a hundred each for a record fifth wicket stand on 226 runs at a time when England were struggling at 48 for the loss of four wickets.

“I was sitting up there (in the changing room) at three down and I said to Michael Carberry that we would do well to win it from here. I said to Morgs when I went out there that if we take it as deep as we can then we can win it with a couple of overs to spare — but we have to take it deep.

“With one-day cricket when you are in that hole you have to take a few risks to free up things.”

Bopara, whose ton came off just 74 balls, too was satisfied with performance.

“It’s been really good,” he said. “I’ve just tried keeping it simple. I’m hungry for runs. It’s not a nice place when you are sitting on the outside. It hurts. I’ve worked hard to get back in the side.”

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