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Eoin Morgan 'unconcerned' by Jonny Bairstow injury with opener set to undergo scan on Friday

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a man with a football ball on a field: Jonny Bairstow hurt himself while running between the wickets against Australia © Getty Images Jonny Bairstow hurt himself while running between the wickets against Australia

England are confident their record-breaking opening partnership will be intact for Sunday’s World Cup final against New Zealand, which captain Eoin Morgan described as “huge opportunity” for the team to make history.

Jonny Bairstow pulled up and had lengthy treatment on the field as he attempted a quick second run during his innings with fellow opener Jason Roy, and will undergo intensive treatment over the next 24 hours to make sure he is ready for the final.

Bairstow is crucial as a batsman but also as a fielder, throwing himself around on the boundary to save runs. England were hopeful on Thursday night he would be be fit on Friday.

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“I’m not sure what it was, but he seemed to move all right after it, so it is not very concerning I don’t think,” Morgan said. “It might be a niggle, we don’t know until he is scanned, but after it, he seemed to move well, so that’s a good sign.”

For Morgan, this victory was a combination of joy and relief. England stumbled in the last four of the Champions Trophy two years ago, but this was a commanding performance, their best of the tournament so far. Now they are in their first World Cup final since 1992.

“Everybody out there on the field and even in the changing room loved every ball that was bowled,” he said. “There was no lack of commitment, application and we had a bit of a day out which, it’s cool when it happens like that, particularly when the bowlers bowl like that, it is awesome.

Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final - Australia v England - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - July 11, 2019   England's Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy     Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers © Reuters Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final - Australia v England - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - July 11, 2019 England's Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

“This final is a huge opportunity for us. Looking back to where we were in 2015 compared to now it’s such a dramatic improvement and everyone in the dressing room deserves a huge amount of credit. 

“Making the most of it would be brilliant, but getting to the final alone is awesome. The World Cup has gone pretty alright for me. The team have played really well – we haven’t had smooth sailing in the whole tournament, but we are peaking at the right time and should be able to take the momentum with us all the way through to Sunday.”

Chris Woakes was man of the match on his home ground, but Jofra Archer’s wicket with his first ball set the tone for the day. “It’s up there with one of the best days in my career, but then Sunday might be the best, so I’ll save it for then,” Archer said.

There were no excuses from Australia after losing their first ever World Cup semi-final. 

Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final - Australia v England - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - July 11, 2019   England's Jonny Bairstow stretches after sustaining an injury    Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers © reuters Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final - Australia v England - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - July 11, 2019 England's Jonny Bairstow stretches after sustaining an injury Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

“We were totally outplayed today. The way they set the tone with the ball in those first 10 overs was a huge part in the game. You expect the new ball to seam a bit on any surface, but they bowled a great length, hitting the stumps a lot,” Aaron Finch, the captain, said.

The only downside for England was the punishment for Roy, who received two demerit points on his record and was fined 30 per cent of his match fee - about £5,000 - for showing dissent to the umpires after his dismissal. 

Roy was given out caught down the leg side, but had not touched the ball. He remonstrated with the umpire Kumar Dharmasena, who looked set to give a wide before ­deciding Roy was out. Roy now has three demerit points on his record. Players are automatically suspended for two one-day internationals or one Test when they reach four. 

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