Play­ers a de­light for cap­tain Mor­gan

Eng­land skip­per praises team’s form in shorter for­mats

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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.”

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