England captain Collingwood lauds 'special talent' Morgan

Twenty20 captain Paul Collingwood described Eoin Morgan as a "special talent" after he furthered his growing reputation in the one-wicket win over Australia in Adelaide

While debutant Chris Woakes stole the limelight after holding his nerve to hit the winning run from the final ball, it was Morgan's composed 43 from 33 balls that formed the foundation of the chase.

The left-hander had spent the majority of the tour down under cooling his heels on the sidelines - he had faced just 17 balls in two months - but there was little sign of rustiness.

Morgan kept his side well ahead of the required rate in the middle overs and while his failure to see England home could be perceived as a product of his recent inactivity, it proved valuable enough to set up victory despite a late-innings collapse.

"Morgs has been superb in Twenty20 and one-day cricket," Collingwood said.

"We probably keep leaving it up to him a bit too much if we are honest, but he showed his class again.

"He's been waiting in the wings and is very patient but when it comes to this form of the game he's a special talent."

Collingwood also reserved praise for the 21-year-old Woakes, who the skipper admitted he knew little about before his match-winning 19 not out from 15 balls.

"It was a fantastic performance by him. To be honest I hadn't seen much of his batting, (team director) Andy Flower said he was a serious batter. "He looks a serious batter as well, you can say he's a true all-rounder.

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