Captain Eoin Morgan Becomes The Leading Run Scorer For England In ODI Cricket

Published - 20 Jun 2018, 01:03 AM | Updated - 20 Jun 2018, 01:04 AM

Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, England
Eoin Morgan. Photo Credit: ECB

Eoin Morgan became the all time highest ODI run scorer for England during the third ODI against Australia. The southpaw scored a fiery 67 runs from just 30 balls in the match in which England scored 481/6 in their 50 overs.

The score incidentally became the highest ODI score till date as numerous records broke on the way. Having started his career for Ireland in 2006, Eoin Morgan made quite a way to become one of the greatest players for England.

In the process, he surpassed former England cricketer Ian Bell’s 5416 ODI runs. The 31-year old now scored a record 5443 runs for England in his 6187 ODI runs.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (Credits: Getty)

Former England skipper Paul Collingwood is the other cricketer to reach 5000 runs for his country in ODI cricket. Although English cricketers normally prefer to play Test cricket, the trend has been changing over the past decade.

They managed to win 2010 T20 World Cup but failed to impress much in 50 over World Cups. But the current team has been quite good in T20Is as well as ODIs and are amongst the favorites to win World Cup next summer.

Morgan Helping England Get Back To Elite

When Alastair Cook stepped down as skipper from limited overs after 2015 World Cup disaster, the English cricket was in crisis situation. However, the board decided to hand over the responsibility of leading the side to Eoin Morgan.

But as they say the rest is history. The journey has been nothing short of remarkable. Over the past four years, England team not only came over their embarrassing ODI World Cup performance but also managed to become an elite ODI team.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 19 : Jonny Bairstow of England celebrates reaching his century with Alex Hales during the third Royal London One-Day International match between England and Australia at Trent Bridge on June 19, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

They are currently the No.1 ranked ODI side in the world and are rightfully playing so. The team is packed with match winners and a lot of this credit needs to go to Eoin Morgan. On any given day, they can beat any side across the world with utmost ease.

On the other hand, Eoin Morgan has been at the fore front in the batting as well. He is leading the side from the front and it is clearly rubbing onto his teammates. It still remains to be seen who can beat England in their home conditions with World Cup just 12 months away.