Hales and Roy stand crucial in England win - Morgan


Eoin Morgan paid tribute to opening batsmen Alex Hales and Jason Roy for setting England en route to a comfortable 95-run victory over Pakistan in Friday's second one-day international.

On Wednesday, Roy and Hales both failed with the bat as England slumped to a six-wicket loss in in the opening contest of the four-match series.

However, it was a different story this time around. Hales (109) put in a man-of-the-match display to secure a maiden ODI century, while he and Roy (54) combined for an opening stand of 102.

England, who had looked on course for a score of over 300, reached 283-5 before bowling Pakistan for just 188 and captain Morgan says Hales and Roy set the tone for victory.

"It's important that we get the strongest part of our game right," he said. "Hales and Roy at the top of the order were fantastic.

"The fact we didn't lose wickets was substantial, crucial to the innings. It put us above a par score."

England, who recorded their first win of the tour after losing the Test series 2-0, were outplayed in the first contest and Morgan was thrilled with the way the team responded in Abu Dhabi.

"It was an excellent performance, quite a commanding one," he added. "The most important thing is we learned from our experience two days ago, particularly with the batting."

The series now heads to Sharjah for match three on Sunday, and Morgan is expecting a different challenge to be posed.

"We're always looking to strive for improvements," he said. "It wasn't our best performance but it was certainly an improvement.

"Sharjah will present different challenges. It's about fulfilling those challenges as a group."