It looks like England are taking all possible measures to make sure that they keep dominating the game in ODIs and T20Is. The Eoin Morgan-led side is arguably the best limited-overs team in the world and they showed their might again by recently whitewashing South Africa in the three-match T20I series.
Apart from the action on the field, England are also doing a lot of planning behind the scenes and one such plan was seen on Tuesday during the third T20I against South Africa. England’s analyst Nathan Leamon was seen sending a coded information to skipper Eoin Morgan from dressing room during South Africa’s innings.
He hung a series of letters and numbers from the balcony of the England dressing room. The information was a combination of a letter and number. Some of the codes were ‘C3’, ‘4E’.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan had also noticed the same and later took to Twitter to react to it. He, however, made it clear that he was not at all impressed with it.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 1, 2020
Jos Buttler on the signals:
After the end of the match, England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler had spoken about the signals from the analyst. The star batsman, who scored a match-winning fifty, called it an experiment to let the captain know about the match-ups in the middle.
“It’s a little help, a suggestion and what match-ups are going on. Eoin and Nathan work closely on analysis. It’s just a little bit of an experiment. Eoin is one of the best captains in the world, a fantastic, instinctive captain, and there’s a nice balance going on,” Buttler was quoted as saying by BBC.
Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler's partnership:
? 167 runs
? Run-rate of 11.92
? Biggest-ever second-wicket partnership in men's T20Is
— ICC (@ICC) December 1, 2020
Meanwhile, an England spokesperson has cleared that the signals sent by the analyst is not related to any malpractice. The spokesperson cleared that the codes are by no means any kind of information and the final decision-making is done on the field in the end.
“The numbers and letters are intended as a live informational resource that the captain may choose to use or ignore as he wishes. They’re not commands or instructions, and all decision-making takes place on the field,” said the spokesperson.