England ODI skipper Eoin Morgan has eclipsed the former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting by becoming the all-time leading run scorer during Australia-England One-day International fixtures so far on Sunday (January 21) at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.
The 31-year-old left-handed batsman Morgan achieved the feat during the ongoing third ODI of the five-match Gillette 50-over series as the visitors are already leading the series 2-0.
Interestingly, Morgan reached the milestone while featuring in his 45th ODI against Kangaroos led by Steven Smith.
The Dublin-born after the initial failures in the first two games in which he scored a run at the Melbourne and 21 in Brisbane before smashing 41 off 50 balls which simultaneously saw him going past the tally of 1,598 runs registered by the 43-year-old Ponting between the Ashes rivals.
Ponting had amassed the score at the strike-rate of 84.41, and he has scored in six lesser innings than Morgan while registering five tons under his belt against England in ODIs.
Pertinently, the prominent face of England middle-order line-up Morgan was sitting at 1,587 before coming to bat at the iconic SCG, and he has three hundreds against Australia.
Morgan was lucky enough on the bowling of speedster Mitchell Starc which further saw him having a close shave after the inside-edge brushed his one of his pads.
However, Morgan started off further with a boundary which saw him opting for the reverse sweep on the bowling off leg-spinner Adam Zampa.
Following the confusion of the on-field umpire Chris Gaffaney as he credited runs in favour of the English leader after the ball went past wicketkeeper Tim Paine when Morgan aimed for the reverse shot, as the replays suggested the ball missed the bat to elude the Hobart-based gloveman.
Morgan made his ODI appearance for Ireland in 2006 before shifting his base in 2009 after England and Wales Cricket Board has shown the keen interest in the prolific batter.
The Ireland-based batsman Morgan has played a pivotal role in leading the ODI team since 2015, as the Three Lions are considered best in business in the ODI format with quite a depth in the batting.
So far overall eight batters have scored 1,000 runs as the list further includes Michael Clarke (1,430) followed by England’s Graham Gooch (1,395) all-rounder Shane Watson (1,306) as former Australian skipper Allan Border had 1,302 runs with Ian Bell sitting at seventh with Adam Gilchrist (1,087).
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