Eoin Morgan set to lead England in 2020 T20 World Cup, Joe Root to continue as Test captain
Eoin Morgan, who led England to their maiden World Cup win in the fifty-overs cricket in July this year, is set to captain the side in the next year's 2020 T20 World Cup.
A month after England's World Cup triumph, Morgan had said that he was unsure whether he play the next year's World T20 due to his back problem.
However, as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced their central contracts on Friday, it has now become clear that the left-hander will captain the side in the next year's ICC event, which will be played in Australia.
Ashley Giles, managing director of England' men's cricket, revealed Morgan's desire as England look to add one more T20 title to their trophy cabinet after winning one in 2010 in Caribbean under Paul Collingwood.
Giles, meanwhile, also revealed that Joe Root, despite not winning back the urn in the recently concluded Ashes, will continue to captain the team in Test cricket no matter who succeeds Trevor Bayliss as England's coach.
Root, after the conclusion of the series at the Oval last week, had made it clear that he is "desperate" to continue leading the side.
"There have been no questions asked [about Root's future] by me," Giles was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"I would hope that is the most important thing for now. One of the most important things for Joe is that we now redress that balance between red and white-ball cricket and when the new coach arrives Joe gets a choice to sit down with him and really plan and decide a way forward," continued Giles.
"If I were Joe, and we've had these discussions, we need to start planning towards winning the Ashes back in Australia," added Giles.
Giles also stated that the hunt for England's next coach is in full swing. The position is left vacant following Bayliss' departure from the post after the Ashes. Giles said he is currently having some "long telephone conversations".
"The search is in full swing now, so at the moment I'm having a number of long telephone conversations," said Giles.
"I'm trying to gather whether there is interest from different parts of the world, from different candidates and I hope that by the end of next week we will be able to get that down to a relatively short list and we can start talking about interviews," added Giles.
"It's an exciting process because it's my first big appointment and we need to get right. I've been pretty clear that I think one coach across all formats is right; as we need to manage the player workloads so we need to manage our coach workloads as well," continued Giles.
"So if we operate with one head coach and three assistants, they are going to need time off as well but that might be an opportunity for others to lead across different formats. But I think that one voice at the top is important," concluded Giles.