Morgan praises 'exceptional' Hales and Roy


Eoin Morgan hailed England openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy after they "put on a clinic" against Sri Lanka.

Chasing 255 for victory, Hales and Roy made unbeaten centuries as England cruised to a 10-wicket win at Edgbaston.

The openers went at almost 7.5 runs per over to reach the target with 95 balls remaining to see their side to victory in the second one-day international.

Captain Morgan was able to watch on, and he was full of praise for what Hales and Roy managed to produce.

"Roy and Hales were absolutely exceptional," he told Sky Sports.

"They put on a clinic for the crowd and everybody at home watching. It was an absolute pleasure to watch. 

"I've never experienced anything like that where we were so in control without being reckless. The chase was remarkable."

Sri Lanka finished at 254-7 thanks to Upul Tharanga (unbeaten 53) and Dinesh Chandimal (52).

However, captain Angelo Mathews, who made 44, felt his team fell well short of what they required with the bat.

"I thought 254 was below average on that wicket," he said.

"Unfortunately we kept losing wickets at crucial times and the bowlers weren't penetrative enough to get their batsmen out, but I thought it was a brilliant partnership by Alex and Roy."