After a lacklustre start to the Matthew Mott era, former England captain Eoin Morgan has “100% faith” the team can turn things around in time for the T20 World Cup.
After a difficult summer without a home white-ball series victory, England on Sunday suffered their joint-heaviest defeat in the 20-over format, a humiliating 90-run loss to South Africa in Southampton.
Shortly after Australian coach, Mott was hired in May, star all-rounder Ben Stokes abruptly left the international stage. Morgan had also abruptly departed earlier this year after the ODI series against the Netherlands.
The 35-year-old has encouraged his former team, currently led by Jos Buttler, to get through a difficult changeover period and be a contender for the World Cup in Australia this year which is just a couple of months away.
England Needs To Work On Their Batting: Eoin Morgan
“There’s a reason that I had these theories about me missing out games and giving leadership to guys like Jos, Moeen (Ali), Chris Jordan and Sam Billings – whoever it might have been – to try and plan and strategise for when I leave or get injured or can’t play, simply because you have to crisis-plan,” said Morgan.
“I have 100 per cent faith that things will turn around again. There’s a transition regardless, even if you’re the best side in the world. They are still winning games. When I first started, we couldn’t win a game.”
Asked about where England needs to work, Morgan said, “Jos alluded to it the other day: our strength has always been our batting. The team has been built around that we bat to number nine. But there’s no good having nine guys who can bat if you’re not playing with intent.
“The batting needs to work itself out and needs to show more purpose, and then you can get back to Adil (Rashid) bowling well and building the bowling unit around who’s fit and having a varied attack.”
England Test team will be in action against South Africa from 17th August.