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 Australia

On a Melbourne February morning in 2014, Eoin Morgan was perched on a bench outside the England team hotel nursing a coffee. He looked refreshed, though in that typical Morgan way, where gauging his mood would be a fool’s lot. Morgan sat, supped and watched the world go by while, within the walls behind him, English cricket was falling over itself.

The night before, England were thumped by eight wickets in a Twenty20 at the MCG – the penultimate match of the 2013-14 tour that eventually saw them register just one competitive win (the fourth ODI at Perth) in 13 attempts.

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