Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has backed under-fire skipper, Eoin Morgan, to come good when it matters for the national side in the ongoing T20 World Cup.
Morgan stated that he would drop himself if he continues to underperform with the bat, something he has stood by prior to this. The white-ball skipper has had issues this year and has failed to sort it out. However, Hussain believes Morgan’s captaincy will be crucial and he should stay in the playing XI even if he fails to contribute with the bat.
“Morgan plays and captains. Even if he is not getting any runs, he plays and captains. He is a unique, streaky player who could turn up at the tournament and absolutely smash it.“
“You only need to look at the IPL final to see how important captaincy is. Morgan and MS Dhoni – two of the greatest white-ball captains there have ever been. Kolkata were a shambles in the first leg of the IPL season but Morgan dragged them up into a final,” Hussain said.
“I think Dawid Malan has earned the right to play at No. 3” – Nasser Hussain
Hussain was of the opinion that No.1 T20I batsman, Dawid Malan, has done enough to warrant a place in the side at No. 3. Although he isn’t necessarily known for his power-hitting, Malan can provide the right balance for a side filled with destructive batsmen.
“I think Malan has earned the right to be given first dibs at the No. 3 role but we know how ruthless Morgan can be. You only need to ask David Willey, who was left out ahead of the 50-over World Cup, or Alex Hales, who Morgan says has broken trust. Can he say to the No. 1 batter in the world, ‘We are going in a different direction?’ He can be ruthless and he will be,” Hussain mentioned.
England plays against West Indies in their first match of the Super-12 stage on October 23.