Eoin Morgan Could Step Down As England’s Captain If His Back Does Not Permit
England skipper Eoin Morgan could step down from the post of England’s limited-overs captain if his back does not allow him to continue. In a chat with BBC Test Match Special, Morgan said he definitely wants to lead the team at T20 World Cup next year, but will need to think about it.
“I need more time to think. It’s a big decision and a big commitment,” he told BBC Test Match Special.
Asked if he wants to continue as team’s captain for T20 World Cup, he said “Absolutely. Who doesn’t? I just don’t want to let anybody down. When you lead, you have to lead from the front and you have to be physically fit. Finding form is another thing. Hopefully that works itself out,” he added.
Morgan has been suffering from a back issue for long. During World Cup 2019 as well, his back did trouble him but Morgan continued to lead the team successfully in the tournament.
Should he decide to step down due to back issue, it will be a big blow for England. They do have Jos Buttler to lead the side but given that Trevor Bayliss is also leaving England after Ashes 2019, Buttler might not be able to continue England’s legacy in white-ball cricket that they have created since 2015.
Morgan was appointed as England’s captain before World Cup 2015 after the selectors sacked Alastair Cook. England did not have favourable results in the tournament. After a first-round exit from the tournament, England revamped their white-ball team and roped in youngsters.
Stuart Broad and James Anderson were also dropped from the side. Broad did play few ODIs but was never in contention for World Cup.
England developed new opening partners in the form of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales. Roy and Bairstow had a successful run at the World Cup. Halex could not participate in the tournament after being banned.
In the bowling department, England gambled on Jofra Archer, for whom the board also relaxed their qualification norms. It was Archer who bowled the super over in the final at Lord’s on July 14 to lead England to their maiden World Cup title.
It was a controversial affair as the super over had also ended in a tie and England were adjudged winners on the basis of boundary count.