Morgan cautious over Stokes injury

Morgan cautious over Stokes injury

Electing to bowl first, South Africa only needed to wait eight balls until they got their first wicket as England opener Jason Roy was caught behind off the bowling of Wayne Parnell for one run.

"The secret for us is to compete as well as we can and try to get out on top in this series to go to the Champions Trophy feeling like we can beat anyone".

Stokes looked in discomfort during his first over and, while he was able to get through a second over after treatment and pill from England's medics, he then trudged off with figures of 2-0-14-0.

England captain Morgan suggested that the all-rounder was fit and his pain wasn't a serious one. Concerns over Stokes, 25, were balanced by the ruthlessness of this performance from his team.

With the Champions Trophy starting on June 1, England, to be led by Eoin Morgan, will try to use different combinations to head into the competition well settled.

South Africa's young tearaway struggled with his rhythm in his first worldwide on English soil, especially in his opening spell.

Chasing a target of 340 for victory, South Africa were never in the hunt. In the end it was terminated in 45 over, South Africa dismissed for 267.

"It depends where you play", De Villiers said of the potential high scores.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is an injury doubt for the second one-day global against South Africa in Southampton on Saturday.

England welcomed back their three IPL wanderers, with Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes coming straight into the side after missing two ODIs against Ireland earlier this month.

He will be assessed by England's medical staff when the team arrive on the south coast later on Thursday. That allowed an early entrance for home favourite Joe Root, cheered enthusiastically to the crease, but he was content with a junior share of a 98-run stand with Alex Hales.

Root was similarly generous to the 21-year-old fast bowler five overs later when, on 37, he hooked a slow bouncer to midwicket. "A knee can be quite a significant injury if it does happen".

Such a costly collapse only got worse when Chris Morris, straight after hitting Moeen for four, attempted a reverse sweep and watched on in horror as the ball skipped up and comfortably into the waiting gloves of Buttler. Morgan was proving equally disdainful of the bowling and the pair brought up their century stand in 73 balls in the same over. The left-handed batsman scored all round the park and his 93-ball inning was studded with 7 fours and 5 sixes.

England did manage to prise out Quinton de Kock cheaply but Amla and Du Plessis soon settled into a groove that yielded 112 in 18 serene overs.

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