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Eoin Morgan thrilled as England banish World Cup misery

England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan admitted the 56-run victory over New Zealand in the NatWest Twenty20 was "a million miles" away from their World Cup woes.

After a disappointing tournament Down Under, England finally have a team who are ready to lead the way, wrapping things up at Emirates Old Trafford with a spell of five wickets for four runs on the back of a thrilling 50-over series.

Joe Root, England's three-format master, top-scored with 68 from 46 balls as the hosts posted 191 for seven, before debutants David Willey and Mark Wood took three wickets apiece to roll the Black Caps for 135.

"It felt a million miles away because we were so far off the mark in the World Cup but things have turned around pretty quickly," said Morgan.

"Credit to (interim coach) Paul Farbrace and the backroom staff and the squad.

"Coming out and playing in the same fashion that we have grown accustomed to over the last five one-day internationals is probably the most pleasing thing about the game.

"It was probably a par score and Joe Root was outstanding again and continues scoring runs in every format. His hunger and determination to cash in as much as he can when he is on form is a great example in our changing room."

Root thinks England's new approach has been refreshing.

"I thought that was a good score, we went looking for wickets," he said.

"Everyone has gone out this summer with a freedom and it's really refreshing to see."

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