England's ODI captain Eoin Morgan. @ Getty Images
England’s ODI captain Eoin Morgan. @ Getty Images

England’s ODI captain Eoin Morgan reckons he would not fit into the Test squad led by Joe Root. Morgan, who last played a Test against Pakistan in 2012, does not wish to tread the same path as his team-mate Jos Buttler, who has made a good comeback to the Test fold.

“I had my chance to play Test cricket. I played in a very good team, in a very good environment, under an exceptional captain in Andrew Strauss,” Morgan, who has scored 700 runs in 16 Tests at an average of 30.43 between 2010-2012, was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo on Thursday.

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“I think a lot of people that come and go in Test match cricket and don’t make the most of their opportunity sometimes look back and wish that they could have been part of a better team or a more expansive or disciplined team.

“There’s always a different aspect because it’s a failure in a way. I think people find it hard to say they just weren’t good enough and I don’t think I was.”

Root and Co. registered a historic overseas Test series whitewash against Sri Lanka, a feat the Three Lions last achieved in 1963. Morgan believes the Test side has been moulded in Root’s own image.

“I’m not sure [if England's Test approach has been influenced by Morgan's ODI team]. Joe can only answer that or guys that play in the team,” said Morgan.

“One thing I see particularly on this tour, where the guys won 3-0 and it was unbelievable to watch, was that they’re playing with clarity and the way that they want to. That for me signifies that they’re playing in Joe Root’s way and with everybody in the team’s way. To watch that as a fan is great to see.”

The year 2019 will be a make or break year for England, who will be hosting the ICC World Cup 2019 and head into the 50-over showpiece event as favourites to win the trophy for the first time in their history.

“Some of [England's cricket since 2015] has been mind-blowing and it’s full credit to the team,” he said.

“We’ve always been a tight unit and the things we’ve tried to do since our summer of 2015; we’ve been true to our principles, we’ve always tried to push our boundaries, we’ve never let the opposition try and dictate what we’re trying to do.

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“We aspire to be the best versions of ourselves that we can possibly be and guys have stayed really true to that and it has worked, particularly with our batting.

“I think in the last year and a half our bowling has progressed really nicely and we’re almost probably further ahead than anybody thought we would be, even myself, before the 2019 World Cup but it just means we’ve got more to build on hopefully for next year.”

Morgan, who shares a great rapport with coach Trevor Bayliss, believes the squad has benefited from the Australian’s leadership. “He has a very natural way of coaching and managing players,” said Morgan.

“He also has one of his strongest skills which is being able to take pressure away from players when they need it most and that’s not always the case with coaches around the world. It’s a very fine skill to have and he certainly has it.”

Bayliss is due to leave England after the summer and a World Cup trophy to adorn the cabinet at the Lord’s museum will be the perfect gift, said Morgan.

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“I think a lot of people seem to think we do [have what it takes to win the 2019 World Cup]. Going into the Champions Trophy as favourites was a different aspect of our game that we needed to work with,” he said.

“That tournament, we weren’t good enough. We ran into a very strong Pakistan team. And next year, at the moment, we are favourites so presuming nothing goes horrifically wrong between now and the start of the World Cup, that’ll probably be the same.”