England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan to take future call after ICC T20 World Cup 2020

The Statesman

The Statesman

Author 2019-10-31 15:54:00

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Members of the England cricket squad, James Vince (front L) and Eoin Morgan (front R), arrive in Christchurch on October 23, 2019. - England will play two warm-up matches before beginning a five-match Twenty20 tournament against New Zealand from November 1. (Photo by Sanka VIDANAGAMA / AFP)

World Cup-winning and England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has decided to take a call on his international future after the next year’s ICC T20 World Cup to be held in Australia.

“I won’t say I’ll be finished after the next World Cup as I’d be afraid I’ll only creep over the line and maybe fall off,” the 33-year-old was quoted as saying by Reuters.

“I don’t want to let anyone down. I want to drive through the World Cup in Australia and then make a call after that. We have a special group of players at the moment. I feel very lucky to lead that group and I think we can do something even more special down the line,” Morgan said to the reporters on the eve of the first Twenty-20 International (T20I) of the five-match series against New Zealand.

The Three Lions have rested players like Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler and Jason Roy from the squad that have travelled to New Zealand. Five uncapped players have been included in the mix, keeping in mind next year’s marquee event.

But Morgan felt that the new players might not break into the World Cup squad but would be there for the future plans. “There aren’t a lot of places up for grabs in our best XI and probably our final 15 for 12 months down the line. But we’re not only building for 12 months down the line but the following World Cup as well,” he said.

“I think we’re in a reasonably strong position. We’ll look to build our best XI and 15 for every series leading in to fine-tune roles and have absolute clarity in what we’re trying to do as a team,” he added.

Morgan became the first-ever English captain to win the World Cup when he led the team to a thrilling victory in the final at Lord’s against New Zealand in July this year.

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