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Eoin Morgan working towards England’s long game before Australia ODI series

England’s ODI captain knows how important it is to separate the red and white ball portions of this tour before the series against AustraliaOn a Melbourne February morning in 2014, Eoin Morgan was perched on a bench outside the England team hotel nursi…

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Eoin Morgan working towards England’s long game before Australia ODI series

England’s ODI captain knows how important it is to separate the red and white ball portions of this tour before the series against AustraliaOn a Melbourne February morning in 2014, Eoin Morgan was perched on a bench outside the England team hotel nursi…

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Eoin Morgan defends Trevor Bayliss before one-day series against Australia

• England limited-over captain lends support to under-fire head coach• ‘Trevor Bayliss has been brilliant for us,’ says Morgan before MCG opener Eoin Morgan has defended his head coach, Trevor Bayliss, before England’s ODI series against Australia. Aft…

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England leave home fans cold by resting Ben Stokes for West Indies T20

• Durham all-rounder rested for one-off international on home ground
• Carlos Brathwaite captains tourists at Riverside in World T20 final rematch

Sometimes, it is possible to think that England’s cricket power brokers are having a laugh at Durham. They give with one hand and take away with the other.

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Eoin Morgan: T20 evolution must work in tandem with protection of Test cricket | The Spin

England’s one-day captain is happy to specialise in the limited-overs game but feels there must be a shift or the divide between the formats will become bigger

Eoin Morgan has given a few masterclasses this summer. There was his century against South Africa at Headingley, his 87 against Australia at Edgbaston and his 75 against Bangladesh at The Oval. Then there was the hour he spent at Aldersley leisure centre in Wolverhampton. You may have missed that one. It was during the finals of Chance to Shine’s street cricket competition, when the kids were taking a break from whacking tape balls around the indoor gym. One asked Morgan which was his favourite shot, another, a young Pakistan fan, what it felt like to be cleaned up by Hasan Ali and a third wanted to know how much Morgan enjoyed playing for his favourite team. Which wasn’t England, or Middlesex, but the Kings XI Punjab. It was another little reminder of the ways in which the game is changing.

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Eoin Morgan says dropping himself from series decider was a ‘tough call’

• England captain defends his decision for final South Africa match
• Vaughan tweet: ‘1-1…Series decider…and England Skipper is resting!!!!’

Eoin Morgan, the England limited-overs captain, defended the controversial decision to drop himself from the team’s series Twenty20 decider against South Africa on Sunday, insisting the need to blood new players for the future was his overriding priority.

Dawid Malan struck 77 from 44 balls as England, captained by Jos Buttler, claimed a 19-run win against the tourists in Cardiff and 2-1 win. But with a host of first-team players rested from the squad originally, including Joe Root and Ben Stokes, Morgan stepping down to give Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone a second cap was seen as a step too far by some.

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England to hand leg-spinner Mason Crane debut in T20 against South Africa

• Eoin Morgan backs 20-year-old against batsmen of AB de Villiers’s class
• ‘He is still very young … the earlier he gets into his apprenticeship the better’

Mason Crane will be tossed the ball for the first time in international cricket on Wednesday, with the England captain, Eoin Morgan, believing the challenge of facing AB de Villiers to be an ideal test of the leg-spinner’s temperament.

Related: If the ball is anything to go by we could be tickled pink by cricket day-nighters | The Spin

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Eoin Morgan admits to England regrets after dismal Champions Trophy exit

• Captain says worn Cardiff pitch meant ‘there was no home advantage’
• Pakistan win by eight wickets to set up all-Asian final at The Oval

Eoin Morgan was left lamenting a lack of home advantage and his side’s inability to adapt after a collective dose of paralysis with the bat on a reused Cardiff pitch led to England being bundled out of the Champions Trophy by a resurgent Pakistan.

As Sarfraz Ahmed led his players on a lap of honour in front of a strong and jubilant Pakistani support, England could only reflect on a dismal showing in the eight-wicket defeat in the semi-final, one that means their search for a first global 50-over crown rolls on to the 2019 World Cup on home soil.

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England turn to Bairstow for Champions Trophy semi-final against Pakistan

• Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow to replace Jason Roy as opener in only change
• ODI captain Eoin Morgan praises batsman’s ‘relentless attitude’

Eoin Morgan has tipped the “relentless attitude” of Jonny Bairstow to come to the fore on Wednesday as England make one change to their batting lineup for the Champions Trophy semi-final with Pakistan in Cardiff.

The England captain stopped short of naming his XI before a toss he admitted he hopes to lose – a reused pitch at Sophia Gardens is behind that – but could do little to play down the fact Jason Roy has been dropped after the misfiring opener played a minimal part in a training session and Bairstow was the first batsman in the nets.

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Steve Smith calls England ‘predictable’ ahead of Champions Trophy showdown

• Smith wary of ‘dangerous batters’ Australia will face at Edgbaston
• Eoin Morgan: ‘If you never play an Ashes test this is the closest you will get’

Eoin Morgan has described facing Australia in a one-day tournament as being as close as he will come to experiencing the heat of an Ashes series. But as his players prepared for a free shot at sending their rivals home from the Champions Trophy, the England captain received a flavour of its intensity when his counterpart Steve Smith described his tactics as “predictable”.

Morgan, an unused squad player on England’s victorious 2010-11 Ashes tour, became a limited-overs specialist after a 16-cap Test career that only briefly flickered and since taking over the limited overs captaincy at the start of the 2015 World Cup has led a revival that now sees them already booked into Wednesday’s first semi-final.

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Eoin Morgan’s loyalty to players has made England fearless, says Farbrace

• Assistant coach says Morgan has unlocked team’s ODI potential
• England set to keep faith with misfiring Jason Roy against Australia

Eoin Morgan has been singled out as the most important figure behind England’s one-day revival by the team’s assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, who believes their current barnstorming approach to the format comes down to the captain’s near relentless backing of misfiring players.

After wins over Bangladesh and New Zealand, England go into Saturday’s group game against Australia at Edgbaston with a Champions Trophy semi-final already sewn up and their one headache being whether to stick with Jason Roy or parachute in Jonny Bairstow as opener.

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Eoin Morgan’s loyalty to players has made England fearless, says Farbrace

• Assistant coach says Morgan has unlocked team’s ODI potential
• England set to keep faith with misfiring Jason Roy against Australia

Eoin Morgan has been singled out as the most important figure behind England’s one-day revival by the team’s assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, who believes their current barnstorming approach to the format comes down to the captain’s near relentless backing of misfiring players.

After wins over Bangladesh and New Zealand, England go into Saturday’s group game against Australia at Edgbaston with a Champions Trophy semi-final already sewn up and their one headache being whether to stick with Jason Roy or parachute in Jonny Bairstow as opener.

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England captain Eoin Morgan making right calls on and off the field | Vic Marks

Morgan’s bowling changes and attacking fields have England in a positive frame of mind in the Champions Trophy and almost everything has gone according to plan – so far

It would be daft to get too excited at England grabbing their semi-final slot days before anyone else. This does not guarantee a romp to the final and then the trophy. But the current climate makes a change to the agonising postmortems that accompanied England’s early flight home from the 2015 World Cup.

The margin of New Zealand’s defeat in Cardiff – 87 runs – was misleading. After 30 overs of their run chase the Kiwis were 156 for two in pursuit of 311; Kane Williamson, after some early scares, was cruising with Ross Taylor in his wake. There was no sign of an imminent capsize.

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Mark Wood ends England’s long search for game-changing bowler | Ali Martin

The Durham quick’s dismissal of Kane Williamson turned the match, just as the New Zealand captain looked ready to take it away from England

England have long searched for a game-breaking bowler in one-day cricket and the hope coming into the Champions Trophy was that the fast but physically fragile Mark Wood would be Eoin Morgan’s trump card in this regard.

In keeping with his career to date figures of nine overs, one for 32 may not leap off the page but the 87-run win over New Zealand – one that booked England’s place in the semi-finals and now gives them a free-hit to knock out Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday – certainly swung on a crucial intervention from the Durham quick.

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Eoin Morgan aware of debt to New Zealand but England want revenge

• England’s one-day revival inspired by thrashing in 2015 World Cup
• Morgan confident of victory in Champions Trophy at Sophia Gardens

Was it not a great Irishman who opined that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness”? No, it was not Eoin Morgan. But it just might have been.

For Morgan at least acknowledges that his England side, transformed since the calamitous World Cup of 2015, has now acquired many of the qualities of the Kiwi side that humbled them in Wellington, New Zealand, in February 2015. On that dismal day for English cricket, Morgan’s team was beaten by eight wickets with 37.4 overs to spare. 124 runs were required for victory and the New Zealanders were none too circumspect in their response. Brendon McCullum hit 77 from 25 balls.

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England and Eoin Morgan upbeat over Ben Stokes’ bowling prospects

• All-rounder’s fitness to bowl will be decided on morning of Bangladesh clash
• Captain Morgan says Jason Roy will open throughout Champions Trophy

Eoin Morgan offered a characteristic dose of clarity on the eve of the Champions Trophy, expressing his full confidence that Ben Stokes, England’s talismanic all-rounder, will be fit to bowl against Bangladesh on Thursday and assuring the out‑of‑sorts Jason Roy of his spot for the entire tournament.

Speaking before the tournament’s much-anticipated opener at The Oval, Morgan tipped his players to “embrace” the challenge of converting two years of limited-overs transformation into a trophy this summer. He described the condensed eight-nation competition as the first of two opportunities to do so, with the second being the 2019 World Cup, also to be played on home soil.

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Eoin Morgan describes England’s win over South Africa as ‘unbelievable’

• ‘Maybe we bluffed them,’ says England captain after two-run victory
• Hosts monitoring fitness of Ben Stokes, who hit a century at the Ageas Bowl

“Unbelievable,” said Eoin Morgan and he does not usually do hyperbole. Teams seldom win when the opposition needs 10 runs from 10 balls with five wickets in hand but that is what his England side managed.

“We decided we needed wickets [before the final over from Mark Wood] and to make them hit the ball in the air,” explained Morgan. “But we didn’t take any wickets and still managed to win. Unbelievable. Wood’s yorkers are usually good at the end but we decided to go with his raw pace. We thought a few bouncers was our best chance of taking those wickets. Maybe we bluffed them.” Morgan’s smile suggested he was not so sure about that.

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Eoin Morgan describes England’s win over South Africa as ‘unbelievable’

• ‘Maybe we bluffed them,’ says England captain after two-run victory
• Hosts monitoring fitness of Ben Stokes, who hit a century at the Ageas Bowl

“Unbelievable,” said Eoin Morgan and he does not usually do hyperbole. Teams seldom win when the opposition needs 10 runs from 10 balls with five wickets in hand but that is what his England side managed.

“We decided we needed wickets [before the final over from Mark Wood] and to make them hit the ball in the air,” explained Morgan. “But we didn’t take any wickets and still managed to win. Unbelievable. Wood’s yorkers are usually good at the end but we decided to go with his raw pace. We thought a few bouncers was our best chance of taking those wickets. Maybe we bluffed them.” Morgan’s smile suggested he was not so sure about that.

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Eoin Morgan unwilling to rejig England ODI side to include Jonny Bairstow

• Bairstow shone for England at Lord’s but will not dislodge batting lineup
• Eoin Morgan plays down idea that opponents will be ‘petrified’ of his side

Eoin Morgan has poured cold water on the idea of rejigging the balance of his England one-day team to accommodate Jonny Bairstow, with the Yorkshireman’s likeliest route into the side for the Champions Trophy remaining an injury to a first‑choice player.

The decision to grant Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes an extended run in the Indian Premier League saw England use the two-match series with Ireland over the weekend as an opportunity to give squad players some game time, to which Bairstow duly responded to with an unbeaten 72 from 44 balls at Lord’s on Sunday.

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Eoin Morgan convinced Twenty20 tournament will not hurt county game

• England one-day captain says Big Bash rival long overdue
• ‘Intention to have games free to air is vital,’ says Morgan

Eoin Morgan has no concerns about an eight-team Twenty20 tournament being potentially damaging to county cricket. The England limited‑overs captain insists that the project does not represent a gamble and is long overdue.

Morgan was roped in to speak at Monday’s charm offensive when the England and Wales Cricket Board briefed representatives of the domestic game about the plan and relayed his experiences of playing in the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash – the two competitions it is hoped will be rivalled from 2020.

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