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Morgan ready to drop himself if needed


England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has came up with a bold statement that he is ready to drop himself from the XI if it is needed to win the World Cup.

England's Eoin Morgan before the presentation after winning the series

 

A World Cup win is still a dream for the English men. Their last World Cup was not so good for them as they had an early exit without proceeding to the knockout stages.

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Since then, there is a massive turn around in the ODI side of England as they are at the top of the table for the rankings of ODI teams. For this impressive leap England’s skipper Eoin Morgan has played his role really well.

England are now in Sri Lanka for a complete tour and the series is all set to start with the first ODI game on 10th October. Speaking to the media ahead of the game, English skipper has made a bold statement that he is ready to make himself sit out of playing XI if it benefits to the team.

“If that means I am not good enough to be in the team as a captain or as a player I will be the first one to say it, I’m an honest guy. I’m more than capable of making a tough decision. I’ve dropped myself in the past to create opportunities for guys and see if they can play at international level or given them an extra chance to prove themselves. When you drop yourself as a captain it sets the tone and example of ‘nobody’s place is cemented.”

The English mans has said that his men will put team’s performance ahead of their individual records. “We are trying to build a squad of 16 or 17 to try and win a World Cup, that’s the objective. It’s not an individual trying to get runs or wickets – it’s a team collective everyone must be prepared to buy into.”

Last time when England toured Sri Lanka they lost the series 2-5 under Cook’s captaincy in 2014. But this time Morgan is hopeful of playing more good cricket in their winter tour.

“It’s a new tour, different conditions and the challenge for us, like any other winter tour, is applying our own mentality and positive, aggressive style of play,” he said.

“Last year we learnt a huge amount and grew a huge amount, particularly in our bowling department – we thought the pitches would be a batsman’s paradise in Australia and New Zealand but they weren’t and a lot of times bowlers won us games.

Sri Lanka could be very similar and present different challenges, particularly for our batsmen up against two wrist-spinners. They will be good healthy conditions for us to come up with answers to. Hopefully this will make us a more rounded team and whatever the conditions at home next summer, we will be able to process it, adapt and make good decisions. We will continue to challenge ourselves, never mind the opposition.”
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