Morgan reveals the toughest decision as England captain
England captain Eoin Morgan reckons that the decision to leave Joe Denly and David Willey out of the World Cup squad is the toughest decision he has had to make as a captain.
The duo were officially excluded from the 15-man squad yesterday morning by the selectors. Liam Dawson and Jofra Archer were listed in the squad in place of the duo. Speaking of which, Eoin Morgan said that it was the toughest decision as England captain but at the same time believes it is the correct call.
“Yesterday was the toughest decision that I have ever been a part of, certainly with this group,” Eoin Morgan said at the launch of his team’s new kit for the World Cup.
“To leave two guys out, one who has been around for the last four years and been a big part of everything that we have done on and off the field and the other an exceptionally talented cricketer, were two very difficult decisions.
Though Morgan thinks that the team management made the right call keeping the balance in mind, he said that
“I think the balance of the squad that we went with is the right call but it is unfortunate that those two have missed out.”
It should be noted that David Willey has been a phenomenal part of the side since the last World Cup in Australia
Nonetheless, Eoin Morgan believes that both (Willey and Denly) will remain closely connected the squad and could also be called upon if the hosts pick up unexpected injuries during the course of the mega event.
“We had that conversation last night (with Willey), explaining the fact that we have four fast bowlers, one of whom is likely to get injured. It happens.
“I had the same conversation with Joe, we haven’t had any injuries in the batting department, so we need to plan for everything and given that they might come in and play straight away, they need to be prepared for that as well.”
“Our preparation and our planning has been excellent and the guys have responded to that by performing on a consistent basis, probably more so over the last two years than the first two.
“I wouldn’t say that we feel fearless, two years ago we probably felt more fearless because we were quite young in our growth as a team, add two more years experience on top of that and I would say we are probably better a coping and adapting to different scenarios and recognising different situations throughout the game.”
England are all set to face South Africa in the opening fixture of the World Cup and the showpiece event is just 8 days away from the start. Team captain Morgan revealed that he is almost sure of the 11 players who will be picked at the Oval on Thursday next week.
“We are pretty close to (knowing) the XI. Barring a couple of minor adjustments I think we are pretty close,” the skipper added in a statement.