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Break has refreshed me - Eoin Morgan

Break has refreshed me - Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan has stated that taking time out of the game has helped him to return as a stronger cricketer.
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England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has stated that taking time out of the game has helped him to return as a stronger cricketer.

The 28-year-old hasn’t played a competitive match for a month now due to poor form but maintained that the self-imposed hiatus had helped him overcome the mental frailties that dogged him.

“I feel really fresh,” said Morgan.

“My attitude, my mind, my body is a lot better than it was a month ago and I’m raring to go, can’t wait to get started.”

After leading England to a majestic One-Day International series victory over New Zealand in June, the dynamic left-hander suffered a lean patch in the domestic circuit, as he went through 13 innings without a single fifty.

Morgan ended up with another duck for Middlesex on 1st August which forced him to opt out of the remaining fixtures.

Morgan expressed gratitude to his club’s Director of Cricket Angus Fraser for having a fine understanding of his situation.

“I sat down with Gus Fraser (Middlesex director of cricket) and we discussed the pros and cons of it (taking time off).

“And to start with Gus was very understanding and brilliant in the way he managed it because he said the priority is obviously English cricket, which is a tough decision to do as a director of cricket with a county team.

“I can’t imagine there are many country directors that would have taken English cricket as a priority over championship games or one-day games.

“We talked about the benefits of it and I’m sitting here now probably twice the man I was a month ago, because of the schedule, the hectic nature of it, the amount of cricket that we played and the very little time off we did have.”

While Morgan has needed a break to rejuvenate himself, so did the Australians who have endured a vigorous two months in England for the recently concluded Ashes series.

Only five players from the Ashes campaign have been picked for the limited-overs leg of the tour and skipper Steve Smith acknowledged the importance of fresh legs in the side.

“It's obviously been a long tour for a lot of the Test guys and to have a few fresh faces . . . brings some energy and enthusiasm to the group,” Smith said.

“It's been really good so far, our first couple of sessions and training.

“I'm sure they're going to bring that into the matches as well."

Australia and England kick-start their rivalry in the shorter formats with the one-off Twenty20 International in Cardiff on Monday.

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