Not going to stand in the way of England winning a World Cup: Eoin Morgan |
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England's captain said he would drop himself if he thought his team stood a better chance of winning the T20 WC without him
by Rob Johnston

England captain Eoin Morgan says he would drop himself if he thought his team stood a better chance of winning the T20 WC without him. It follows a lean run of form this year including a run of six single figure scores in Morgan's last nine IPL innings for KKR. Morgan's highest T20I score for England in 2021 is just 28.

Morgan rightly pointed out that his role in the middle order often means having to blaze away as soon as he gets to the crease, with all the additional risk that comes with it. It is not an easy position to be consistent from. Given the importance of his leadership and tactical direction as captain, Morgan also adds far more to England's limited overs team than simply his batting.

Even so, the sooner this bad run can be put to bed, the better, particularly given the strength of England's batting depth. Otherwise, Morgan may face a tricky dilemma. "It's always something I've said - it's always an option," he said when asked if he would leave himself out. "I'm not going to stand in the way of a team winning the World Cup. I've been short of runs but my captaincy has been pretty good as it goes.

"I've always managed to compartmentalise both and treat them as two different challenges. Not being a bowler and being a bit older and not contributing as much in the field, I've loved the role of captain. You get two bites at the cherry impacting the game.

"As regards my batting I wouldn't be standing here if I hadn't come out of every bad run of form that I'd ever had. The nature of T20 cricket and where I bat means I always have to take quite high-risk options and I've come to terms with that. It's just something you deal with, it's the nature of the job so I'm going to continue taking those risks if the team dictates they need them, if they don't I won't."

Morgan confirmed he would play in England's second warm-up against New Zealand on Wednesday (October 20) after sitting out the…
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