England should make a statement in India: Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan believes India will be a difficult side to beat in home conditions Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Oct 8, 2011

England s middle order batsman Eoin Morgan believes that England should be able to beat India in their own backyard after their recent success in the One-Day International series against Indians in England.

Morgan who is not included in England squad due to shoulder injury believes that England have done well in the sub-continent in the recent past due to their adaptability and also ability to tackle spinners.

He was quoted in Sky Sports as saying, “India is the place that you tour where you have to make that statement.

“There are flat wickets where the ball doesn’t really bounce and you have to be able to go over there with the attitude of whacking the ball out of the ground, have the intention of taking wickets – playing very positive cricket. They’re a very difficult side to beat on home turf.

“I think we’ve managed to turn it around over the last couple of years. We’ve been able to dominate spinners during that middle period, and when we’ve done that we’ve won games. When we actually look to go after them and score boundaries, we play them really well.”

Morgan believes they have successfully emulated Australians during their 4-0 white wash in Test series against Indians. He said, “A lot of the guys in our changing room were in Australia for the 5-0 drubbing and they said they were so deflated at the end of it, because the Aussies kept coming back harder and harder every time.

“I think we did that throughout our summer – every time the Indians gave us a battle we came back harder, producing the goods every time. It was comparable to that series. It was complete dominance from lunch on the first day of first Test at Lord’s. Every time they tried to come back, you put them down.

“I’ve followed England for years and they got beaten all over the place by the West Indies and Australia – I don’t feel for them (Australia) at all! I’ve never been one to gloat, but I’m happy with where we are.”

Morgan also supported England s three captains theory.

“I think where it’s worked well is when you’re playing each different formats, there’s a line drawn under them – almost like a ceremony of handing over the captaincy from say Broady to Cooky, or whatever way it is, and then you go from there. All three are superb cricketers and hold a lot of respect from the camp,” said Morgan.