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Morgan praise as Carberry helps England set up Ageas Bowl decider
1:33pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in Sport
ENGLAND captain Eoin Morgan was delighted to see Hampshire ace Michael Carberry register his first international half-century.
Carberry ensured he will definitely play at his home ground tomorrow by hitting 63 as England recovered from 8-3 to level the five-game ODI series against Australia in Cardiff yesterday.
Carberry and Morgan (53 put the hosts back on course for a victory eventually achieved with three balls to spare, in pursuit of 227 all out.
In the end, England were indebted to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 65, the Somerset man sharing a seventh-wicket stand of 75 with Ben Stokes to complete England's recovery from Clint McKay's new-ball hat-trick.
"Obviously, our backs were against the wall - and Michael and I just said pretty much we've got to bat time, and find a way to get through this tricky spell,” Morgan said afterwards.
"It's hugely satisfying. The guys can take a lot of confidence from this game, particularly the young guys coming through."
Australia captain Michael Clarke was left to rue an uneven performance from his team, who owed much to ex-Hampshire man George Bailey (87) for mustering even as many as they did after being put in.
"We lost five for 18 at the end of our innings, so we needed to make some more runs," Clarke noted.
"When you only make that many runs, you know you have to bowl the opposition out.
"We knew we had to take 10 wickets to win the game, and unfortunately we didn't do that."
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