Eoin Morgan confident against the short ball
England limited overs captain, Eoin Morgan, is confident of facing the short deliveries after recovering from a concussion, he suffered in the fifth and final One-Day International against Australia in September.
A rising short delivery from Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc struck Morgan on the head and he walked off the field and did not take part in the rest of the game.
After being diagnosed with a concussion resulting from the blow, Morgan also missed the remainder of the English domestic session.
Revealing that the blow to his head was a matter for concern at that time, Morgan applauded the delivery from Starc.
“At the time, it was quite concerning.
“The ball hit me quite hard.
“It was quite a good delivery.
“I’ve watched it back a number of times.
“But I still look back at it now - and hats off, it was a pretty good delivery.”
After the tragic passing away of Phillip Hughes in November 2014 various international cricketers have been using helmets which include protection to the neck area.
Stating that the new helmets with the neck guards feel safer to wear, Morgan revealed that he is currently wearing a helmet manufactured to fit his head perfectly.
“I did change it (helmet) during the series (against Australia).
“I got hit on the neck at Lord’s and wasn’t wearing a neck guard, I changed to a new helmet.
“It’s a personal opinion, I feel more protected with the neck guard that they have, so I went for the full helmet.
“I’ve had scans on my head to have a mould for my own helmet, which I’m wearing now, so I’ve come with that.”
The 29-year-old further disclosed that he has practiced playing the short deliveries and is confident ahead of the ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
“I’ve done a lot of short-ball practice since then.
“I’m quite confident going into this series that I’ve progressed.
“It’s worrying, to be honest, because the feeling of concussion is something I’ve never had before.”
After a disastrous first-round exit at the 2015 Cricket World Cup, England have changed their style of play to suit the demands of the modern game.
By adopting an aggressive style, England defeated New Zealand in a closely fought ODI series while they lost another tight contest to Australia after the 2015 Ashes.
The progress England have made in the ODI format with a young squad since the World Cup debacle has pleased the England captain.
“That’s one thing we’ve gained over the last six months,” said Morgan.
“We’ve created an atmosphere in which learning becomes very easy for our young guys coming in.
“Probably, no one would have given us a hope in hell against Australia and New Zealand.
“But they were two very competitive series, and we managed to turn over New Zealand.”
Having lost the Test series 0-2, England will look to make amends when they take the field for the first ODI against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on 11th November.
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