England and Australia are going play their last group match against each other, today at Edgbaston. Although on paper this match doesn’t hold much importance for England, for England’s captain Eoin Morgan, this is the closest thing to an Ashes match. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘এই ম্যাচ অ্যাশেজের সমতুল্য’]
England’s current skipper of the shorter formats hasn’t featured in a test match for England for almost 5 years. He was in the 2010-11 Ashes side but didn’t get a match. Right now he is concentrating on the shorter formats and it’s very unlikely for him to get another go at England’s test side.
So, Morgan has said that for him and the other players in the side who haven’t played in the Ashes, the clash against Australia is the closest thing to the real Ashes.
“I haven’t played in Ashes cricket, and certainly there are other guys like that in the changing room. From that side of things, if you never get to play in an Ashes game, this is the closest you will ever get.”
England are currently sitting pretty at the top of the points table in Group A and so far they are the only team to have reached the Semifinals of the Champions Trophy 2017. But Morgan thinks England needs to win against Australia to continue their winning momentum.
He hailed Australia as one of the top sides in the world and said that if England wants to be a world beater they will have to start winning against top sides like Australia.
“They’re always big games, regardless of what’s on the line. If we’re looking to win this tournament and go beyond it and win the 2019 World Cup, we need to be beating the best sides in the world, and Australia are one of them.” said Morgan.