Most ODI hundreds for England: England captain Eoin Morgan registered yet another ODI century at the Ageas Bowl today.
During the third ODI of the ongoing Ireland’s tour of England in Southampton, England captain Eoin Morgan scored his 14th ODI century to lead his team from the front in a testing situation.
Morgan, who batted at No. 6 in the last two matches in a bid to promote the likes of Tom Banton and Sam Billings, took the onus on himself when England lost their opening batsmen by the fourth over.
Off the mark with an unconvincing boundary to third-man on the second delivery that he faced, Morgan persisted with his ulta-aggressive approach throughout the runtime of his innings. The southpaw took on the attack against the new ball to ensure a healthy run rate.
Master class from our @KKRiders star @Eoin16. Walks in as skipper of @ECB_cricket at 3 for nothing and peels off 106 from 84! A man at the peak of his powers and with total freedom in his game. There a lesson or 3 in that 😉
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) August 4, 2020
Despite also losing James Vince (16) in the ninth over, England scored 59/3 in the first powerplay as Morgan continued with his spree of boundaries which saw him registering a 39-ball half-century in the 15th over.
Most ODI hundreds for England
A brisk 146-run partnership for the fourth wicket alongside Banton (58) played a vital role in Morgan completing his century in only the 25th over. While there was a clear chance of converting it into a double century, Morgan’s top-edged a Joshua Little delivery in the 27th over to walk back to the pavilion.
Having scored 106 (84) with the help of 15 fours and six sixes, Morgan scored his second century against Ireland, third at the Ageas Bowl, sixth in England and 14th overall.
Morgan, who gave glimpses of his previous blistering ODI century against Afghanistan, has reduced the deficit to just two centuries to surpass Joe Root (16) in the list of most ODI centuries for England.
Among active players, the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler are all behind Root and Morgan with nine ODI centuries each to their name.