England turnaround just the beginning of things to come - Eoin Morgan
After their below par showing in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, England adopted an aggressive approach to the game and have seen incredible results in the past one-year.
The highlights of England cricket in the last one-year are their victories in the 2015 Ashes campaign, the Test series victory in South Africa and reaching the finals of the ICC World Twenty20.
With a young and talented group of players who are eager to learn and improve with each game, Morgan is confident that England can achieve great things in the future.
Morgan also credited head coach Trevor Bayliss for helping the team change their mind-set in the short period of time since he took over as the coach of England.
“It has been a short journey so far, to be honest, but at the same time it has been very exciting.
“We have got a very young team and with the talent at our disposal, the sky is the limit.
“They are striving to learn and improve all the time, constantly trying to push the best sides in the world any chance they are given.
“And the change in mind-set is not only among the players but also the backroom staff.
“Especially Trevor Bayliss, who has been helping implement that.
“It has been incredible so far and hopefully it is just the beginning.”
England’s performance in the ICC World T20 was one of their most consistent showings in the recent times and Morgan feels that it has been the highlight of the last 12 months.
Even in the final of the tournament, England were in control of the game till the very last over, but Carlos Brathwaite snatched the victory with four consecutive sixes, giving West Indies their second World T20 title.
Morgan is confident that the lessons the team learnt from their experience in World T20 campaign will help the team in their future endeavours.
“It was a very good tournament for us, and is probably the highlight of the journey of the past 12 months or so.
“What we learnt during the recent highs and lows and also during this tournament will hold us in good stead down the line.
“Some of the games we played were really testing, particularly in the group stage.
“Trying to get out of the group stage in a T20 tournament can be very difficult, and then we carried that form afterwards.
“We were clinical in the semi-final against New Zealand and while we did well in Kolkata, we didn’t do enough to win the final. But such is life.”
Currently in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) Morgan is the part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise and is playing under the leadership of Australian vice-captain David Warner.
However, Morgan feels that the strong cricketing rivalries between England and Australia will always exist even though the players get to know each other through the tournaments like the IPL.
“This rivalry has shaped up over a century of intense cricket, since the start of the game.
“In fact, it has always been there.
“So it isn’t a case of it building up or coming down, it is there regardless of what kind of cycle the teams are in or how international cricket is shaping up.
“It is a rivalry where previous success doesn’t matter.
“Whether you are playing in the Ashes or playing against Australia in a World Cup, the stakes are always high.”
From five innings in the ongoing IPL, Morgan has scored 109 runs at an average of 27.25 including a fifty against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
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