Eoin Morgan was successful with the bat as he scored 121 from 131 balls to guide England to 234 © Getty Images
Eoin Morgan was successful with the bat as he scored 121 from 131 balls to guide England to 234 © Getty Images

Jan 17, 2015

England One-Day International (ODI) skipper Eoin Morgan has stated that he is starting to fit into the role of a captain, and that he enjoys facing the challenges associated with the role.

“I suppose I quite enjoy the distraction of being captain – it entails various different things and takes a bit of emphasis off my own game. When I am in bad form I tend to think about things a little too much but today I was quite relaxed at the crease. It is nice to get some runs, Morgan was quoted as saying according to a report by express.co.uk.

Morgan had a disappointing start to his tenure as England One-Day International (ODI) captain after losing the opening game of the triangular series, also featuring India, to Australia by three wickets.

Morgan, who began his cricketing career by playing for Ireland, returned to his fluent batting form in the match, scoring his seventh ODI hundred and his first in a year. His innings of 121 from 131 balls helped England recover from a score of 69 for five to 234. It was not enough however, for England as their bowling could do little to prevent themselves from collapsing to a defeat, despite Chris Woakes haul of four for 40.

“The overall feeling is very disappointed. If we had posted 280-plus we’d have been in with more of a chance but being 0-2 to start with was a bit of a shock,” Morgan was quoted as saying.

Mitchell Starc removed both Ian Bell and James Taylor to leave England two wickets down without opening their account in the first three balls of the game. At 69 for five, Morgan teamed up with Jos Buttler, adding 67 runs for the sixth wicket. Morgan rallied with the lower-order until he fell victim to a Starc delivery.

Woakes’ efforts were undone by a brilliant century by David Warner, who added 127 runs from 115 balls. Australia were cruising towards the target for the most part, until they began to lose wickets in a bunch towards the end. Brad Haddin’s eight-ball 16 saw Australia home safely.
“Australia are a strong side and they can come up with performances like that but we’ve just got to find a better way of dealing with them. We need to take more wickets in the first 10 overs,” said Morgan.