Morgan lauds Woakes after wash-out


Eoin Morgan believes Chris Woakes is growing in confidence following another impressive display for England on Sunday.

Woakes took 3-34 from his 10 overs as England restricted the tourists to a modest 248-9 in the third one-day international in Bristol, only to be denied the chance for a 2-0 series lead by the weather.

The all-rounder has impressed in the series so far, Sunday's effort coming on the back of figures of 0-36 at Edgbaston and a crucial unbeaten 95 to secure England an unlikely tie in the opening contest.

England have taken something of a risk by only fielding five front-line bowlers in the series so far, but Morgan believes it is working and reserved special praise for Woakes.

"I think they've coped well with it so far. I haven't felt a bowler light at any stage," he told Sky Sports.

"I think having Joe Root as well helps. We used him a bit at Edgbaston and he's not just a part-timer, I think he's better than that. I'm quite confident throwing him the ball if needs be down the line.

"I think he [Woakes] has taken a lot of confidence from being selected in the Test match team.

"He showed in the first game, his contribution not only with the ball but with the bat as well, shows how a good performance with the ball can help him contribute with the bat.

"With the ball today, he didn't immediately take wickets but he hung in there and took three towards the end."