Skipper Eoin Morgan warned his side's Champions Trophy rivals that England are not satisfied with simply reaching the semi-finals after sealing their place in the last four with victory over New Zealand at Cardiff. Their wins over Bangladesh and New Zealand means they are confirmed as group winners, even before they meet Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday, due to the number of victories they have recorded. I thought they did an outstanding job.
Despite Jake Ball bowling Luke Ronchi in the first over, the 50-over World Cup runners-up recovered with help from captain Kane Williamson, who went to claim his 30 one-day half-century and fifth in as many matches, ably assisted by Ross Taylor.
But the fact that we're still trying to win games with the bat, regardless of the situation that we're in, I think is testament to the team. "So pretty average. So I thought the bowlers today as a collective unit were brilliant, really", Morgan was quoted as saying by the official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday.
New Zealand had enjoyed success with the short ball in bowling England out for 310 but, although Kane Williamson compiled an extremely impressive 87, once he was dismissed 311 always looked beyond them.
New Zealand are, quite surprisingly, at the bottom of Group A with Bangladesh in the third position.
When Morgan also departed after a poor shot on 13, England were in danger of stalling. "They didn't give us much at all, to be fair".
"They have players like Martin Guptill who can change the game".
"If we're going to be contenders, we need to beat the best and Australia are one of the best", said Morgan.
"If a couple of guys start scoring in the next game, we are a very risky side", Tamim said.
Williamson, reflecting on the delivery from Wood that ended the innings said the Durham quick, fit following a persistent ankle injury, was a tough man to face. The trio weren't overly explosive with the bat but steadily added to the score, as the Black Caps couldn't find the wickets they desperately needed.
Although this is one of the most crucial game for both teams, there are chances of rain to play the ultimate killer to this contest.