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Eoin Morgan believes England must be more aggressive in ODIs

Eoin Morgan is one of England's most aggressive middle-order batsmen © Getty Images
Eoin Morgan is one of England’s most aggressive middle-order batsmen © Getty Images

Ireland-born England batsman Eoin Morgan said that England need a change in their mind-set in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) if they are to have any chance of winning the 2015 ICC World Cup. Morgan also said he was honoured at being considered for the post of England captain in the event of Alastair Cook’s resignation.

“The attributes and strengths of the team have to change,” Morgan told Standard Sport. “The wickets are really good in Australia and we need to have seam bowlers producing short-of-a-length deliveries. We need to have that awareness of when to perform a bit more aggressively and when maybe we don’t. In England, we’re used to posting a score of 280 or 300 and that being a par or maybe even a winning score.

Speaking of England’s defensive approach in ODIs, Morgan said, “In Australia, I don’t think that will be competitive. The majority of the time the total will need to be 300-plus for the team batting first. It’s a difficult balance to strike. On the one hand, you want to find a formula that works in this country and that will allow us to win matches and build confidence going into the World Cup. On the other, we have to work away at those attributes we’ll need to win a tournament in Australia and New Zealand.”

He said that the upcoming series against India was a good way to see where England stood. “We had a competitive series early in the summer against Sri Lanka [England lost 3-2] but we didn’t play as well as we can,” he said. “India will be a great measure of where we are. They are world champions and we have a long way to go before the World Cup. But I’d rather know that now, when we still have six months to go, than be thinking it when we’re about to start the tournament.”

Morgan concluded by speaking of his possible future captaincy. “It (being considered for captaincy in the event of Cook’s resignation) was a source of pride, but I don’t see roles changing any time soon. I’ll look to keep contributing as much as I can in the changing room and on the field. It helps that I have a lot of experience in one-day and Twenty20 cricket. If we can help the new talent, we’ll reap the rewards down the line.”

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