After the series loss against India on Saturday, captain Eoin Morgan warns the England players to not take their position in the side for granted. England has had a brilliant run of 8 unbeaten T20I series before enduring the loss to India and is being considered a heavy favorite for the World Cup.
Despite the fact that Eoin Morgan has an almost settled eleven, the skipper says that nobody, including himself, has a spot fixed. He mentioned that other fringe players have done well in the past and are waiting for their opportunity – hence the ones in the first eleven should always look to get better as the T20 World Cup approaches.
“Nobody’s nailed on. If any player including myself looks that far ahead and think that their position is nailed down, they’re mistaken because we want to improve as the rest of the world progresses. T20 as a game is progressing faster than any other of the formats, so we need to be quite flexible in how we want to improve. We can’t be rigid,” Eoin Morgan said after the game on Saturday.
“We looked at it last summer with guys like Tom Banton, Sam Billings, and Moeen Ali (who has) taken on great responsibility when he’s had the opportunity,” he added.
There were some big lessons and huge amount of positives: Eoin Morgan
The left-hander points out that England’s lower middle-order wasn’t exactly as dominating as they have been, including Morgan who had an under-par series with the bat. However, the skipper is delighted to see his bowlers pick wickets in the powerplay, an aspect that has been their concern coming into the series. Also, Eoin Morgan is pleased to see Adil Rashid bowl impressively with the new ball, opening up another option for the skipper.
“Our middle-order probably haven’t fired as well as we would have liked. But there were some big lessons and huge amount of positives. Four out of five games, we’ve produced some of our best powerplay bowling that we have in the last couple of years.
He (Rashid) has to be hugely commended for taking on a new role within the side, creating opportunity and obviously limiting the amount of runs that he was scored off as well, gives us an extra option moving forward. It’s one of the hardest to bowl probably particularly in India,” the 34-year-old skipper stated.