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Finn wishing for more Morgan magic

Bournemouth Echo: Eoin Morgan scored an unbeaten 89 in the first ODI against Australia Eoin Morgan scored an unbeaten 89 in the first ODI against Australia

England hope their "little wizard" Eoin Morgan and a pack mentality among their pace bowlers can propel them to more success against Australia.

An eighth successive one-day international victory, at the Kia Oval, will put them only three more away from an unprecedented top-of-the-world ranking in all three formats.

England bowler Steven Finn is all praise for Morgan, who scored an unbeaten 89 at Lord's, saying of the Irishman: "It is no surprise he is doing it in international cricket - he is one of the best players in the world, especially in that sort of situation."

Finn added: "To have him around with his experience - he has played a lot of one-day cricket with Ireland, Middlesex and England - is fantastic. How he comes up with some of those shots, I have got no idea. He is a little wizard."

England are at pains to insist, however, that they are simply not yet thinking in terms of a 5-0 NatWest Series trouncing of opponents currently top the International Cricket Council ODI table themselves.

"It is a great thing to have there but is something we haven't talked about," he said. "There are still four more one-day games, and we will be looking to go 2-0 up in the series. Australia are not the number one ODI side in the world for no reason, and we are going to have to play some exceptionally good cricket to keep beating them."

Finn is hoping to renew his new-ball partnership with James Anderson - the Lancashire fast bowler is a doubt for Sunday, with a groin injury which troubled him in Friday's 15-run win at Lord's - and lean on the assistance too of fellow seamers Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad.

Finn has had to restate his claims too, still on the outside looking into the Test ranks when everyone is fit but a first-choice regular in the shorter formats. He has done much to help himself, and England, but is grateful to his fellow bowlers as well.

"At the end of our marks everyone talks to each other; everyone passes on their own information that they have found has worked for them in the over before. It is great unit to be involved in, because everyone shares their own information.

"You have to hunt as a pack to get results. We are confident as a bowling unit that we can adapt to any conditions and defend the scores the batsmen put on the board for us."

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