Morgan hails brilliant Buttler


England captain Eoin Morgan lauded centurion Jos Buttler after his team's series-opening one-day international win over South Africa.

Buttler scored a 76-ball 105 to lead England to a 39-run victory, via the Duckworth-Lewis method, in the first ODI on Wednesday.

It marked Buttler's second century in as many ODIs, with the tourists making 399-9 from their 50 overs in Bloemfontein.

Morgan was full of praise for the wicketkeeper, who struck 11 fours and five sixes in his innings.

"Jos was phenomenal. He is someone who can certainly change the game," he said.

"It was an unbelievable effort. It's great to watch. To see him do it in the last game in the UAE and the first here really does set up what is, hopefully, a great series for him."

Quinton de Kock (138 not out) had South Africa flying in their chase, reaching 250-5 in the 34th over before the rain intervened.

Morgan was thrilled with his team's batting effort and said it was the ideal way to start the five-match series.

"You'd take 399 every day. It was a monumental effort," he said.

"The tone was set by the two openers and continued right down the innings. Doing that in the first game of the series is really important."