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‘A good case for playing any of our bowlers’ – Morgan
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‘A good case for playing any of our bowlers’ – Morgan

England captain Eoin Morgan said he would pick his side depending on what the wicket offers as the hosts gear up for their clash against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Monday.

Pakistan's batsmen were defeated by hostile short pitched bowling by the West Indies in their tournament opener which led to reports that England would induct Mark Wood in their playing XI.

But given the way hosts started their World Cup campaign with a 104-run drubbing of South Africa at the Oval, they may stick to the same side rather than including Wood in the XI.

"I think there's a good case for playing any of our bowlers," Morgan told reporters at Trent Bridge on Sunday. "We'll have to adapt to anything the wicket throws up.

"If there is anything to exploit, hopefully we'll select the right team."

But Morgan was excited about the partnership of Archer and Wood.

"It is exciting. It's like saying can you add a Jason Roy 180 to a Jos Buttler 150 off 70 or 80 balls -- it might happen and if it does that would be awesome."

‘Need to play unbelievably well to reach 500’

England have twice smashed world records for the highest score in ODIs at Trent Bridge – posting 444 for three against Pakistan in 2016 before scoring a record 481 for six against Australia last year.

"To get something near that you need to play unbelievably well," said Morgan. "It starts with the very basics with getting yourself into an innings and each batter starting and trying to establish a partnership."

Having seen his England side beaten by Pakistan in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy 2017, Morgan warned his side against complacency.

"We're preparing for Pakistan at their best," the Dubliner insisted.

"Only two years ago they were the best side in the Champions Trophy, they turned us over, they turned India over. We'll be preparing as best we can for their A-game."