Morgan forces South Africa rethink

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Eoin Morgan's unorthodox strokeplay has prompted South Africa to reconsider their plans ahead of the second T20

Jacques Kallis claims South Africa have formulated a plan to try and combat the unique talents of Eoin Morgan in the remainder of the limited-overs contests against England.

Morgan’s sensational unbeaten 85 off 45 balls was central to England’s one-run victory under the Duckworth-Lewis method at the Wanderers last night, which gave them a 1-0 lead in the two-match Twenty20 series which preceds the one-day campaign.

Veteran all-rounder Kallis missed yesterday’s encounter, but he will return at Centurion tomorrow as a specialist batsman as he inches towards a full recovery from a side strain that prevented him from bowling in the recent series against Zimbabwe.

“He (Morgan) played really well, hit some really big sixes and is quite adaptable as well,” said Kallis.

“He’s quite a tough guy to bowl to, but we have sat down and come up with a few ideas which we will hopefully implement tomorrow and over the next few one day games. Hopefully that works for us.”

Morgan was not the only tormentor for the Proteas with Paul Collingwood, who hit 57 off 32 balls, and the rain also playing key roles.

After England had piled up 202 for six - their highest total in Twenty20 cricket - the hosts raced to 127 for three in 13 overs before the heavens opened and ruined their chances of victory.

“I don’t think I can recall a game where Duckworth-Lewis has actually worked for us; it’s always seems to hurt us,” added Kallis, casting his mind back to South Africa’s chequered history in rain-affected chases, most notably the World Cup clash against Sri Lanka in 2003.

However, the 34-year-old insists the outcome yesterday will have little bearing on the outcome on the remaining contests.

“Both sides walked away from that game, England having felt that they won the game but not really won it, and we having walked away like we lost it but not really having lost it.”

“I don’t think too much will be read into it. It’s really sad that the weather did come into it because it was a sort of game that was setting the tone for what’s going to be an unbelievable summer.”

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