Players a delight for captain Morgan
England skipper praises team’s form in shorter formats
E oin Morgan has been shocked by how far England’s limitedovers team have come since their hugely disappointing performance at last year’s World Cup.
While England were humiliated at the 50-over tournament in Australia and New Zealand, under the new leadership of Trevor Bayliss they have reached the semi-finals of the World Twenty20.
And the skipper has been surprised by just far the team have come as they attempt to overcome New Zealand and reach Sunday’s final at Eden Gardens.
“I’ve been asked the question a couple of times after every series we’ve played and I can’t quite believe where we are overall with one-day cricket and T20 cricket,” said Morgan.
“I think the guys that we’ve selected have done outstandingly well, they’ve shown a great amount of attitude in learning, because it’s not always easy.
“You come up against very strong sides who knock you back on a day-to-day basis but every question that’s been asked of us we’ve come back with either a counteranswer or a more aggressive option.”
The left-handed batsman also feels as though it was the one-day series against New Zealand last year that appeared to change England’s limited-overs fortunes as they were able to play more aggressive and consistent cricket. “That series was very important,” he added. “Coming into the series we talked about emulating what Australia and New Zealand did at the World Cup.
“Where we were and where they were, we were miles away so to bridge the gap we had to emulate the fashion in which they played and the aggressive nature in which they went about their game, particularly with the ball. Throughout the World Cup their swing bowlers were outstanding and that encourages a positive mindset in everything you do. The batting can come more naturally.”
Now Morgan hopes that England’s far from straightforward journey to the last-four will stand them in good stead as they attempt to overcome an in-form New Zealand side.
“I think it shows the amount of character in the group,” added Morgan. “We haven’t had to repeat the same things twice.
“It shows different sides to every person’s personality and what they’ve got as opposed to just what they do on a day-to-day basis, and it shows the group as a whole can be very powerful if we string a game together.”