Eoin Morgan backs England to T20 World Cup despite struggles

Former England captain Eoin Morgan has “100 percent confidence” the team can recover their fortunes in time for the T20 World Cup after an uneventful start to a new era under Matthew Mott.

England on Sunday suffered their heaviest defeat in the 20+ format – a modest 90-round loss to Southampton – to end a challenging summer without a win in a series of empty-handed on-field matches. home.

Morgan withdrew from the international arena in shocking fashion not long after appointing new limited head coach Mott in May, before then all-star Ben Stokes relinquished the ODIs.

Ben Stokes quit ODI cricket last month (Owen Humphreys/PA) (PA wire)

The 35-year-old has supported his old side – now under the captaincy of Jos Buttler – to get through a difficult transition to this fall’s World Cup in Australia, which is expected to started over a two-month period. .

“There’s a reason I have these theories about me missing games and giving leadership to the likes of Jos, Moeen (Ali), Chris Jordan and Sam Billings – whoever it may be – to trying to plan and strategize when I leave or Morgan said when injured or unable to play, it’s simply because you have to plan for a crisis,” Morgan said at the launch of the cricket commercial. summer of KP Snacks at The Black Prince Trust near The Oval.

“I have 100% confidence that things will come back.

“There is a transformation regardless, even if you are the best party in the world. They are still winning the games. When I first started, we couldn’t win a match.”

Last month, England suffered a 2-1 T20 and ODI defeat to India, before Stokes decided to drop the game over 50, followed by a series of ODI draws and a T20 defeat to South Africa.

Polishing needs to work on its own and needs to show more purpose

They have a seven-week break before returning to action empty-handed on their upcoming tour in Pakistan, before kicking off their World Cup campaign on October 22 against Afghanistan in Perth.

When asked about key areas for improvement, Morgan said: “Jos alluded to it the other day: our strength has always been our ability to hit the ball.

“The team has been built on us reaching ninth place. But it doesn’t matter if there are 9 guys who can beat if you play aimlessly.

“Balling needs to work itself out and needs to present more of a purpose, and then you can go back to bowling well Adil (Rashid) and build the bowling unit around the right people and have an attack.” diversity.”

Morgan, who helped England become an ODI world champion in 2019, is gearing up for the second edition of The Hundred, with his London Spirit team starting on Thursday against the Oval Invincibles.

Eoin Morgan Returns to One Hundred Actions This Week (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Archive)

After successful doubles matches involving men’s and women’s teams in last year’s inaugural tournament, the Dublin-born player believes there is scope for similar T20 international events to be held at Wembley or the Court London campaign.

“That’s absolutely amazing,” he said, initially casting doubt on the feasibility of the proposal.

“The consistency across the game as The Hundred is going is amazing. It works and it’s great to be able to sit back and say it’s a great template, use it.

“I think in a place like Wembley, why not? Even when you go to the Olympic stadium, they can move around. You can legalize that; it is not specifically targeted at cricket lovers, it is a sporting event.

“There’s no reason why cricket can’t do it at the international level – it could even be domestic cricket. We can do it. “

:: KP Snacks, the official partner of The Hundred, is touring the country this summer to provide more opportunities for everyone to play cricket as part of the ‘Everybody Join’ campaign. Visit peoplein.co.uk/about for more information.

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