England World Cup Squad: Captain Eoin Morgan comes up with an unexpected statement after England’s ODI series win against Pakistan
The England Cricket team is brimming with confidence after yet another limited overs series win- this time against Pakistan. With a 54-run win in the last One-Dayer against Pakistan, the ever potent English side have been unbeaten in their last 6 ODI series.
The Windies side did surprise one and all after they managed to draw the series 2-2 against them at home. But, the fact that no side has been able to cost them in a series (home or away), proves why they are the no.1 ranked ODI side in the world at the moment.
However, just like there shouldn’t be too many worries in a person’s life, there shouldn’t be too many good stuff happening either- a ‘problem’ that the English men’s cricket side is facing currently.
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The problem with which captain Morgan is going through is not something really daunting. The left-hander recently made a statement which was quite surprising, considering the purple patch his side is going through off-late.
What did Morgan say?
With only 3 days left for the submission of the final squad for the upcoming World Cup, captain Morgan is still scratching his head, and is unsure of his 15-men for the World Cup.
England had selected 17 men for the series against Pakistan, which they recently won 4-0. With all the players performing the way they were expected, the captain and team management are surrounded with a ‘good problem’ ahead of the marquee Tournament- to leave out 2 players before May 23- the last day before ICC closes the dates for teams to announce their squads.
“I don’t know the 15,” England captain Morgan told Sky Sports after annihilating Pakistan 4-0 in the five-match ODI series yesterday.
Morgan believes that each of the 17 players will have a role to play for different reasons. “Every single member of the 17-man squad here will play some role, due to the nature of injuries and illness and call-ups”, he added.
The fact that all of them have performed brilliantly, would make it a tough nut to crack during the selection meeting. “Every one of these guys should be proud of what we’ve achieved so far. The continuous improvement of performances makes the selection meeting extremely difficult,” Morgan said.
“Everyone will be wary of the phone call”- Woakes
The fact that everyone have chipped in with valuable contributions at some point in time will, as per the England all-rounder make everyone anxious until they hear the good news from the selectors.
“Everyone will be wary of that phone call,” he said. “Even if you feel like you’ve got a good chance to being in the squad, until you hear it from selectors’ mouths, it’s not quite set in stone. You’re still probably a little bit on edge, particularly with these 16 and 17 players, because everyone has performed at some point. It’s a tricky decision for the selectors. Everyone will be looking at their phones tomorrow I suppose, if that’s when we find out,” Woakes added.
The all-rounder also presented a fair enough case for himself before the English selectors, after he picked up a fifer after giving away only 54 runs in his 10 overs on a batting friendly deck. He picked up a total of 10 wickets in the 3 games he played in the series, despite scores above 340 being scored with ease by both the teams.