Eng­land’s Mor­gan eager for Windies T20 clash

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

CH­ESTER-LE-STREET (United King­dom): Eng­land lim­ited overs cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan is keen to see how his side fares against an “ex­pe­ri­enced” West Indies team in Satur­day’s lone Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional at Ch­ester-leStreet.

The fix­ture is the only Twenty20 fix­ture be­fore the two sides be­gin a five-match one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries, which gets un­der­way in Manch­ester next week.

Eng­land re­cently won a three­match Test se­ries 2-1, af­ter West Indies, be­ly­ing their rep­u­ta­tion as a weak out­fit in cricket’s long­est for­mat, up­set the odds to win the se­cond Test at Head­in­g­ley.

But the up­com­ing white-ball clashes are set to see West Indies, who beat Eng­land in the 2016 World Twenty20 fi­nal in Kolkata, In­dia, bol­stered by the likes of pow­er­ful open­ing bats­man Chris Gayle.

“They prob­a­bly have a bit more ex­pe­ri­ence (than their Test squad) which is great,” Mor­gan told Sky Sports at Ch­ester-le-Street on Fri­day.

“We want to play against the best pos­si­ble side avail­able to play in or­der to try and im­prove our game,” the Mid­dle­sex bats­man added.

“We’re a very young side and we have a long way to go in T20 cricket. Our con­sis­tency lev­els have been up and down so it’s all to play for to­mor­row.”

While ac­knowl­edg­ing the pres­ence of sev­eral strong ball­strik­ers in West Indies’ line-up, for­mer Ire­land in­ter­na­tional Mor­gan said Eng­land had bat­ting fire­power of their own. - AFP

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