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Eoin Morgan hails ‘fire’ in opener Jonny Bairstow’s belly after vital England win

• Bairstow scores 111 in Edgbaston victory over India
• A win over New Zealand will seal semi-final spot

Eoin Morgan hailed the fire in Jonny Bairstow’s belly after the opener’s bristling century helped England sweep aside India and put their World Cup campaign back on track.

The 31-run victory at Edgbaston, in which Bairstow’s bat did the talking with 111 from 109 balls, has put England within touching distance of a semi-final spot, something they can sew up by beating New Zealand at Chester-le-Street on Wednesday. And Morgan fancies the nature of the performance – posting 337 for seven from 50 overs, before squeezing India to 306 for five in the chase – has sent confidence soaring through the dressing room as they eye the knockout stages and, ultimately, the main prize.

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