Why England can’t do without Eoin Morgan

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    Sunday’s New Zealand versus England match ended with a win by a small margin for England, but a superior run rate ensured New Zealand qualified for the tri-series final.

    But one thing worth noting was that England looked a much better outfit than they did in the last two games.

    It would be fair to say Eoin Morgan coming into the team did them fair bit of good. He finished the day with 80 runs not out off 46 balls to take his team to a competitive total, and even after a strong start from the Kiwis he managed to pull things back to end his series on a high.

    The win says a lot about England. Especially in Ben Stokes’s absence Morgan is the team’s most valuable player. Whether as captain or at the crease, he seems to have that x-factor that spurs on any team.

    After the 2015 World Cup debacle things got to Morgan so badly that he decided to completely change the outlook of the team, sticking to one approach: attack, attack, attack.

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    With new faces came the new energy he was looking for, and a score of 9/408 showed he was able to execute what he was after. What followed were wins against New Zealand, Pakistan, the West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia and a strong showing in the 2016 T20 world cup.

    After the first home season, which was the start of a special journey for this team, Eoin Morgan was the second leading run-scorer in the ODI format in the history of English cricket.

    Even when Australia had England at 3/41 in the Champions Trophy he still decided to play his naturally aggressive game. He did the same in the fourth ODI, when England was reduced to 5/8.

    After the match he said he would like to see his team not tone down the aggressive approach, and he went on to say he would prefer his team to be 2/40 instead of 0/20 after ten overs.

    Those are pretty strong words, and it’s definitely a sign of a man with intensity. He knows what he’s out to achieve and, as Adil Rashid said just before the New Zealand game, the impact a missing Morgan has on the team shows the respect he commands among his teammates.

    And after three dull performances from his side his form surely must have lifted the gloomy spirit of the team.

    It’s no secret current team director Andrew Strauss, head coach Trevor Bayliss and assistant coach Paul Farbrace have their eyes more on next year’s home world cup than the previous coach did, who prefered red-ball cricket over the white-ball format.

    With England’s current form and favourable home conditions the likelihood of England making the final can’t be denied. For the first time in many years it can be said that England are strong contenders to lift the World Cup trophy next year.

    A lot of credit goes to captain Eoin Morgan, who decided to make this paradigm shift, and that makes him England’s most valuable player. The team simply can’t do without him.

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    • February 20th 2018 @ 1:30pm
      Paul said | February 20th 2018 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

      Your comments about Morgan are both well written and sensible, especially in the context of the summer just gone. IF England get back Stokes and assuming Root comes back into the team, they will be a strong contender for sure.

      I don’t know that they are likely finalists though. Given the format of the WC, it only takes one game in the lead up to the final for England to miss out. If they have one off day or have a game decided because of weather, they could easily miss out.

      South Africa were short odds to make the final in 1999 and look what happened to them.

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      February 24th 2018 @ 9:25pm
      Saurabh Gandle said | February 24th 2018 @ 9:25pm | ! Report

      Thanks Paul.

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      February 24th 2018 @ 9:26pm
      Saurabh Gandle said | February 24th 2018 @ 9:26pm | ! Report

      Of course, we can just predict finalist as of now by the look of it on paper.Things could change for sure.

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