South Africa A v England XI, Tour match, Paarl February 17, 2016

Hales and Morgan set up comfortable win

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England XI 202 for 6 (Hales 78, Morgan 42, Parnell 3-26) beat South Africa A 158 for 8 (de Bruyn 56, Topley 3-29) by 44 runs

Alex Hales continued his blistering form ahead of the T20 series © Getty Images

Alex Hales continued his prolific limited-overs form with a sixth successive fifty-plus score, while captain Eoin Morgan club five sixes in a 13-ball onslaught, to push the England XI to a match-winning total in their T20 warm-up match against South Africa A in Paarl.

Hales got his side off to a fast start and nullified the South African attack's comeback in the latter part of their innings before Morgan, who had a lean one-day series, added the finishing touches. Reece Topley, who was the leading wicket-taker in the ODIs, and Adil Rashid then took five wickets between them to ensure England maintained their 100% record over South Africa's reserves on this tour. 

On a traditionally flat Boland Park surface, South Africa A opened with their international spinner Aaron Phangiso but Hales was not concerned with a lack of pace. He took nine runs off the left-arm spinner's first over to set the tone. Hales went on to punish Wayne Parnell and Beuran Hendricks and England's fifty was up inside five overs. 

Jason Roy's 22 off 14 balls seemed pedestrian in the Hale-storm and he was the first man to fall. Dolphins bowler Andile Phehlukwayo, who has had an impressive domestic season so far, had Roy caught by David Miller four balls before the Powerplay was up.

Phangiso bowled the first boundary-free over of the innings in the seventh but his fellow spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi, could not build on the pressure. Hales took 11 off this first over and 17 came off his second with the help of James Vince. Sandwiched in between that, he reached his 50 off 32 balls.

England were well poised on 99 for 1 at the halfway stage but South Africa A slowed them down a touch when Parnell had Vince caught by Reeza Hendricks. So began the squeeze which included a tight 15th over from Phehlukwayo which cost just three runs and resulted in the wicket of Hales in the next over. 

A total that was set for 200 seemed to be stagnating until Morgan announced himself after a quiet run in the ODIs with 24 runs, including three sixes, in five balls off Beuran Hendricks to put England back on track. Morgan pushed England towards 200 before Phelukwayo and Parnell took 3 for 10 between them in the penultimate and final over. 

The South Africa A line-up, even with internationals Miller and Farhaan Behardien, were always on the back foot. Reeza Hendricks was out lbw in the first over to Topley but Theunis de Bruyn and Morne van Wyk rebuilt. They posted the highest partnership of the match, 88, for the second-wicket and were particularly severe on Chris Woakes. De Bruyn scored 22 runs off the 11 balls he faced from Woakes and then matched Hales with fifty off 32 balls. 

Woakes had his revenge when he claimed the wicket of van Wyk at the end of the 11th over to start the slide. Rashid dismissed de Bruyn at the end of the next over and South Africa A were wobbling. Worryingly for South Africa's senior side, Miller, playing in his first match in two-and-a-half weeks after sitting out the ODIs, was stumped for 10 and Behardien bowled for 4 to end the challenge. 

Jon-Jon Smuts made 30 but became the second of consecutive wickets for Topley in the final over which ensured the England sealed their win emphatically.

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  • markbrop on February 19, 2016, 18:02 GMT

    DSA: "Also, McClenaghan was an important player last season" Yeah I'm amazed McClenaghan did so well in the IPL. He was shocking in the ODI series against England.

  • Devinderpal Singh on February 19, 2016, 15:47 GMT

    @mark: Mumbai probably bought Buttler as a back-up wicketkeeper, and also so other teams don't have him. I think Ponting even said that he is the back-up 'keeper, but the second reason is also important, and a tactic that a lot of teams use, when they can. Also, McClenaghan was an important player last season, so he has to hope 2 of those 5 get injured, Patel gets injured, or the overseas players are awful. He will warming the bench, much like Billings.

    @simply and/or notanySENSE: Whoever you are, you mentioned 3 SA squad players were playing, when talking up Morgan's innings, yet one does bowl, one did not bowl, and the other only bowled 1 ball. His innings was based on the A side bowlers, not quality bowlers, but you make it seem like quality because you said there were 3 SA squad players, which is grossly misleading. I watched the highlights, and hitting length balls for 6 is not impressive, lol. Get off your imaginary high horse, because that fall will 'hurt' even more otherwise.

  • Tom on February 18, 2016, 17:59 GMT

    D.S.A ON FEBRUARY 18, 2016, 14:32 GMT @matkbrop: Even though England refuse to pick their best squad, their best 11 could accommodate a specialist wicketkeeper, especially in Tests. I would say, however, in T20Is, I think you can get away with a half-decent 'keeper, ------------------------------------------------------------------ I'd go the other way. A proper 'kepeer is a positive asset in T20 if he can stand up to the seamers like Jack Russell used to. Frankly if you're relying on your number 7 batsman to make runs you've probably lost anyway.

  • Devinderpal Singh on February 18, 2016, 16:10 GMT

    @simply: o.k, simply, on a serious you were talking about Morgan, do explain who the 3 S.A WT20 squad players and 2 other T20/ODI regulars are, that are bowlers, and are RELEVANT, when discussing Morgan's innings?

    Seeing as you are misleading anyone who read your 'post', what relevance does the squad players of Miller, Behardien, and Phangiso, who only bowled one delivery to Morgan, have on Morgan's innings? Lol, what you wrote is absolutely hilarious. Fundamentally flawed, and nonsense. Whatever credibility you's in pieces now.

  • Clad on February 18, 2016, 16:08 GMT

    @D.S.A. I don't know what Morgan has done to annoy you, but it's about time you got off his back.

  • markbrop on February 18, 2016, 16:00 GMT

    DSA: Are you surprised MI have bought Buttler? They will have to leave out one of Simmons, Anderson, Pollard or Malinga to accommodate him.

  • Clad on February 18, 2016, 15:46 GMT

    @Driving Standards Agency. Sorry exactly where did I include Miller & Berhardien in my analysis of SA's bowling??! Watch the highlights for yourself & then tell me it was rubbish knock. You really are showing yourself up as nothing more than an armchair keyboard cricketer.

  • Devinderpal Singh on February 18, 2016, 15:23 GMT

    *Correction: @markbrop: Even though...

  • Devinderpal Singh on February 18, 2016, 15:19 GMT

    @simply: "Good to see Morgan firing - 25 off first 5 balls is pretty good, whatever the opposition quality, which included 3 of SA's WT20 squad & 2 other T20/ODI regulars". Talk about misdirection and clutching at straws! His 42 consisted of: 24 from 6 off Hendricks, 9 from 3 off Phehlukwayo, 8 from 3 off Shamsi, 2 from 1 off Phangiso, and dismissed from his first ball off Parnell.

    Of the bowlers, only Phangiso is in their WT20 squad. You included Miller and Behardien in your analysis of S.A A's bowling! Haha. Why are you referring to M and B in the WT20 squad, when talking about Morgan's batting? What a joke. Btw, how many QUALITY deliveries did Morgan face from the lethal Behardien and Miller? After all, they are in S.A's WT20 squad as bowlers! Haha. How pathetic.

    It helps when one faces the most experienced bowler, Parnell, for 1 ball, while feasting on the truly A-quality bowlers; in his case, it was Hendricks who can be truly awful. Even Parnell is seen as an unfulfilled talent.

  • markbrop on February 18, 2016, 15:13 GMT

    "I read Foster took a job somewhere, so maybe now, he's not eligible? Idk. Btw, Bopara's post-match interview was brutally honest. Seen it? "

    Didnt see Bopara's interview! Yeah I think Foster played in the Masters Champions League for retired players so he is probably no longer eligible.

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