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Morgan heaps praise on "aces" Archer and Woakes after England's extraordinary win
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Morgan heaps praise on "aces" Archer and Woakes after England's extraordinary win

England skipper Eoin Morgan has hailed the bowling partnership of Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes as the duo engineered a remarkable comeback in the second ODI against Australia.

The hosts were in danger of going 2-0 down in the three-match series with Australia cruising to the paltry 232-run target before the pacers triggered a spectacular collapse.

Archer and Woakes were brought back into the attack as a desperate move from Morgan to dent the tourists' progress.

The new-ball duo inflicted significant damage by taking four wickets for three runs to leave a hapless Australia reeling at 147-6. Later, Sam Curran's long spell saw three more wickets fall while Adil Rashid closed out a dramatic 24-run win for the home side.

"Jofra is obviously an ace and so is Woakesy. It's our strongest suit," Morgan said.

Commenting on his decision to bowl out Archer and Woakes at a crucial stage of the game, Morgan claimed it was the necessary risk to take at a time when Australia were rampant in their chase.

"You like to bowl them in the most important parts of the game and I felt at the time I brought them back that was the most important part because the game was edging away from us.

"I think it was getting to a stage where we needed to make a move. Finch and Marnus made it look easier than it was. So I threw everything at it.

"For Jof and Woaksey to come back like that was outstanding. When they bowl like that they make the captain look good," he added.

Morgan insisted Australia's slide towards a narrow defeat was not merely down to the tough batting conditions but accurate bowling from the star pacemen.

"Australia didn't make too many mistakes. It was lbws and bowled -- it either nipped or swung back. That's a bowler getting a batsman out.

"When you make inroads like that it sends quite a big message for the guys coming in about how difficult it is out there."

The Curran brothers also had a key role to play in England's stunning win as they were called up to replace the out-of-form Moeen Ali and the unfit Mark Wood.

Tom Curran, in particular, was instrumental in helping England towards a competitive total by sharing a 76-run stand for the ninth wicket with Rashid. He then darted in 10 economical overs, conceding just 28 runs.

"This might be underselling them but it's the truth. Every time they come in there is a level of competitiveness that is more visual than any other player -- that's the character of the Curran brothers," Morgan concluded.