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Morgan in awe of Buttler

28th February 2019, 10:18 by Tom McGarry

Captain Eoin Morgan has heaped praise on Jos Buttler after England beat West Indies in Wednesday's fourth ODI.

Buttler struck a magnificent 150 off just 77 balls at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada to help England close their 50 overs on 418-6.

The 28-year-old's knock included a staggering 12 sixes, with England hitting 24 maximums in total - the highest by any team in a one-day international - while he also shared a stand of 204 with Morgan, who was full of admiration for his team-mate after the contest.

"Jos is built like a champion racehorse and when he gets into his stride he is very difficult to stop," he told Sky Sports. "Watching him in full flow was exceptional and gave us the best chance to put on a really strong score."

Morgan also made a century before being dismissed for 103, while Jonny Bairstow (56) and Alex Hales (82) got England off to a positive start after sharing an opening stand of 100.

"Bairstow and Hales were absolutely excellent and got us off to a flying start - they laid the platform for myself and Jos to build a partnership," Morgan added.

The Windies did give a good account of themselves trying to chase down their daunting target, with Chris Gayle once again setting the standard with a knock of 162.

However, the hosts came up 29 runs short as they were all out for 389, with Adil Rashid (5-85) and Mark Wood (4-60) impressing with the ball for England.

The Three Lions now take a 2-1 lead into the final match of the series in Saint Lucia on Saturday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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