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Cricket news - We believe we can chase big totals - Morgan

Jason Roy and Joe Root registered centuries as England chased down 361

Since the 2015 World Cup England have accumulated some staggering numbers with their batting, but it is surprising that before the first One-Day International against Windies on Wednesday (February 20), they had never chased a 350-plus total. They had come close on numerous times but never crossed the line.

"We spoke at the halfway stage about the fact we have been in this situation before and we do believe we can chase big totals," Morgan said after England chased down 361 with 1.2 overs to spare in the first ODI at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados .

The belief that the England skipper points out to comes from the long batting line-up which stretches to number 10 with most of them being fluent strikers of the cricket ball. They are one of the few teams that could have hunted down the highest total in the Caribbean without breaking a sweat.

"We bat very deep. The manner we started in set the tone of the innings. Jason and Jonny were outstanding. At no stage did we feel we were under pressure to up the rate," Morgan added.

While Roy was at his brutal best, notching up his hundred off 65 balls, Root was the accumulator. England's Test captain was the pivot around which the rest of the batting revolved and that is evident with his two century partnerships with Roy and Morgan respectively.

"We were going at a steady clip and to have guys like that continuously putting pressure on your opening bowlers is not only difficult to play against but difficult to captain against as well. The ability to put your best ball away for four or six is heart-breaking as a bowler.

"For Jason to go on and play such a commanding innings really sets up a big run chase. It's amazing the way he plays. It's brilliant. People will forget Joe Root scored a hundred there, he made it look very easy, but we're so fortunate to have a guy like that who can be our rock. And he's no slouch."

Jason Holder, on the other hand, blamed his side's lack of intensity in the field for their loss. Having recorded their best total on home soil, Windies were expected to lead the five-match series, but the inexperienced bowling attack and poor fielding let them down.

"We just didn't hold our chances and the chances we put down were crucial," Holder said. "Our bowlers did create opportunities, but we didn't hold them. We've got to be a bit better in the field. I felt the energy and body language could have been a lot better. That would give the bowlers some momentum to work with."

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