Morgan: Roy's dismissal proves spirit of game is open to interpretation

Faith Castro
June 25, 2017

SOMERSET bowler Craig Overton could be set to make his senior England debut in Taunton after captain Eoin Morgan confirmed each of the uncapped players in the T20 squad would feature in the three-match series against South Africa.

While Livingstone struggled on his England debut, bowler Tom Curran struck with his second delivery in worldwide cricket and the Surrey man was thrilled after taking 3-33 in an impressive first display wearing the Three Lions.

His unbeaten 60 off 35 balls in Wednesday's comprehensive Twenty20 victory over South Africa provided yet more evidence of what he brings to the side as England took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

And then came the turning point.

The incident happened when Roy veered off a straight course and was hit by a throw from Andile Phehlukwayo when short of his ground.

South Africa appealed and, after on-field umpires Rob Bailey and Michael Gough referred the decision, Roy was given out by TV umpire Tim Robinson. "I thought it was a 50-50 call", Morgan said.

"You'll see everybody play at least one game - this is an opportunity to give people a chance and see what they can do on the global stage".

Curran said he hopes one day to take the field for England with his younger brothers Sam and Ben - the cricketing sons of the former Zimababwe all-rounder Kevin Curran - who are also plying their trade in county cricket.

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South Africa's AB de Villiers. De Villiers, stepping well outside off stump, slog-swept Willey to complete a 49-ball fifty.

When it comes to the bowling department, new face Tom Curran impressed with his debut performance of 3/33 on Friday.

Curran, the son of the late former Zimbabwe global Kevin, struck with just his second ball in worldwide cricket when Reeza Hendricks bottom-edged a pull into his stumps.

But fellow opener Jon-Jon Smuts made a brisk 45 with star batsman de Villiers, as he so often does, upping the tempo further with three sixes in his 20-ball innings.

However, he was back to his dynamic best here, racing to 46 from 19 balls after sweeping David Willey out of the ground and into the neighbouring River Tone in the 15th over.

The partnership was finally broken by Morris as he removed Bairstow for 47 from 37 balls and from their the England innings slowed right down with the score on 125-2.

But Farhaan Behardien added a 32 which proved more than useful.

All of which means nothing in the context of the side's very bad performance‚ which went awry and stayed that way after they lost Jon-Jon Smuts‚ Reeza Hendricks and David Miller inside the first five overs with only 32 runs scored.

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