Mor­gan urges Eng­land to main­tain Sri Lanka fo­cus

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LONDON—Eng­land cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan wants his side to keep their con­cen­tra­tion when they con­tinue their one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Wed­nes­day.

Mor­gan’s men are 1-0 up with two to play in the five-match cam­paign af­ter rain just four overs into their in­nings stopped them building on a good bowl­ing dis­play in the third ODI at Bris­tol on Sun­day.

Eng­land and Sri Lanka played out a thrilling tie in last week’s first ODI at Trent Bridge be­fore the hosts stormed to a 10-wicket win in the sec­ond match of the se­ries at Edg­bas­ton.

It all leaves Eng­land with work still to do if they are to win the se­ries, fol­low­ing their 2-0 vic­tory in the pre­ced­ing three-Test cam­paign against Sri Lanka, and they could face fur­ther frus­tra­tion at The Oval if rain fore­cast for south London duly ar­rives at Sur­rey’s head­quar­ters ground.

“It’s cer­tainly go­ing to be one of the chal­lenges over the next cou­ple of games we play,” said Mor­gan at The Oval on Tues­day.

“With a lot of weather around, that is al­ways a huge chal­lenge that it doesn’t be­come a dis­trac­tion—and to switch on when we need to.

“We want to play as much cricket as we can, and I sup­pose (the weather) has halted a lit­tle bit of the mo­men­tum we’ve had,” the for­mer Ireland bats­man added.

“To­mor­row is about re­gain­ing that a lit­tle bit.”

Many of Mor­gan’s team-mates were watch­ing on tele­vi­sion as Eng­land’s football team suf­fered a hu­mil­i­at­ing exit from Euro 2016 fol­low­ing a 2-1 de­feat by min­nows Ice­land in Nice on Mon­day.

While at­ten­tion now turns to a re­place­ment for Roy Hodg­son, who re­signed as Eng­land man­ager on Mon­day, Mor­gan’s team have shown that im­prove­ment can hap­pen af­ter ex­it­ing a ma­jor tournament.

Eng­land’s crick­eters suf­fered an em­bar­rass­ing group-stage exit at last year’s World Cup fol­low­ing a de­feat by makeweights Bangladesh in Ade­laide.

But with Aus­tralian Trevor Bayliss re­plac­ing Peter Moores as coach, a new-look Eng­land side adopt­ing an ag­gres­sive ap­proach have en­joyed some no­table suc­cesses in limited overs cricket, in­clud­ing reach­ing the fi­nal of this year’s World Twenty20.—AFP

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