Eoin Morgan England cricket team
England beat Pakistan by seven wickets in Cardiff (AFP Photo)

England might have been required to dig deep to secure victories in their two one-off fixtures against Ireland (ODI) and Pakistan (T20I) inside three days but captain Eoin Morgan welcomed the challenge terming the rubbers as ‘great practice’ ahead of the World Cup.

Against Ireland, chasing 199, England wobbled losing five wickets for 66 before a late recovery saw them secure a four-wicket win. Against Pakistan in the only T20I on Sunday, they chased down the target in the final over with Morgan hitting an unbeaten 57.

“Two close matches is great practice for us (going into a World Cup),” Morgan told Sky Sports. “I think the guys are learning from this as we go on. They were two different challenges in the space of three days.”

England beat Pakistan in Cardiff – a venue they are set to revisit during the World Cup when they face Bangladesh. Morgan said the contest also helped them familiarise with the dimensions of the ground and accordingly set their plans around it.

“Given we have a fixture here in Cardiff during the World Cup it is very important that we get back into the habit of knowing the dimensions of the ground, feeling comfortable with either chasing or setting and getting our plans right when we are bowling,” he said.

Talking about their planning going into the T20I, the 32-year-old explained, “We made a lot of changes today, three guys coming in (Jofra Archer, Ben Duckett and Ben Foakes) and making their debuts, so getting over the line for the guys coming in and playing a young team is important.

“It makes it easier for them to learn and assess their own performance and the team performance in the right way as opposed to looking inwards and blaming themselves for losing a game,” he added.

Morgan also found much needed form after aggregating 99 in four previous limited-overs innings including a duck against Ireland. “My batting has not been good so far this summer. I’ve been searching (for runs) a little bit. Today I was a lot stiller at the crease as opposed to falling over and I managed to get myself in and away and I took advantage of that.

“Experience pays its weight in gold at the end and the stillness I played with today is what I will take away. Sometimes you can get wrapped up talking technique I just love to go out and be able to clear my front leg,” he added.