Eoin Morgan reveals key components in England’s finest type after starring in T20 win over Pakistan on the London Night Normal



After Eoin Morgan won the World Cup last summer, he took time to consider whether he still wanted to be the man taking England forward.

The transformative four year road to white balls glory had taken a lot off the English captain, both physically and mentally, and whether or not to start another cycle that would take the team to at least the T20 World Cup was not a decision whom he wanted to meet lightly.

A year later – although the tournament was postponed for another 12 months – it looks like he made the right call.

In 10 T20i innings since the end of the World Championship, Morgan has averaged 51, a run that included his highest international score to date in the format (91) and three more half centuries.

The 66 of 33 balls on Sunday that anchored England at Old Trafford to defeat Pakistan were the latest, and the 33-year-old believes he hits the ball better than ever.

“Definitely, and the numbers prove it,” he said. “Even before this series began, certainly in T20 cricket, the last two years of international cricket and some domestic ones are my best numbers to date.

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“It’s nice that I feel good, but it’s also replicated in the numbers.”

He believes the secret is knowing where and when to hit.

“I think experience and confidence and the roles I play are more comfortable for me,” added Morgan. “Before I got captain and jumped up and down in order, I wasn’t feeling that comfortable, whereas now that it’s my choice, I feel more comfortable.”

Even more troubling over the next 12 months could be figuring out exactly who should beat above and below him.

At the top of the order is Morgan’s problem with the proverbial “nice”. Since Jos Buttler is absent from the test service and Jason Roy is injured, Tom Banton has been given the opportunity to open the current series.

(( Tom Banton scored an impressive 71 in the first T20 against Pakistan on Friday /. Getty Images for the ECB )

A 71-year-old growing up with 42 balls at the blurry start on Friday evening was followed by a power play partnership of 65 with Jonny Bairstow on Sunday, although his experienced teammate did most of the difficult training.

Dawid Malan came on with Bairstow at three o’clock and petted around for his own 50 on Sunday, even if he had to play second fiddle after Morgan. His inability to start quickly may hold him back, but his numbers speak for themselves.

“I think we are at a time when we have a lot of good top batters,” said Morgan. “I don’t know why that is. I know a lot of the guys who tend to get the majority of their runs for Counties Bat in the top 3 or 4 so that might be the case.

“It’s great to see these two getting these runs. Tom, the way he played the other day is exactly how we see him play in a Somerset shirt so that’s great. Dawid has just continued to score runs at a rate that has made his start to his international career unlike many others. “

With so much depth above, it has been suggested that the team could be more balanced by getting Buttler into the flexible ending position in the order that several players have been given chances in the last couple of series, but so far none have made their own.

(( Should Jos Buttler be postponed in the stroke order? /. POOL / AFP via Getty Images )

Morgan says this is still an option for the World T20, but he highlighted the main difference between Buttler, Roy, and Bairstow – who, lest we forget, already have a global medal up their sleeve – and those like Banton and Malan who are so eager to make their way.

“If you try to tweak the last XI picks – which is very hard to do a year after a World Cup – the teams you face are the best in the world,” he said. “So, is that how you play against the best in the world? Or do they only play against a certain number of teams?

“The three guys at the top of our strongest XI do it against everyone, which is one of our strengths. If you were to accommodate one of the younger guys with less experience and fewer runs, it might be more of a challenge. “

For Morgan himself, of course, both experience and runs are abundant.