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Important to keep pushing the boundaries - Eoin Morgan

Important to keep pushing the boundaries - Eoin Morgan
England captain Eoin Morgan is keen to use the T20I series against Pakistan as an opportunity to gain momentum for the World T20 in India.
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England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan stressed on the importance of their side to keep pushing the boundaries in order to improve as a team.

After a 2-0 loss in the Test series against Pakistan, England came back with a strong performance in the One-Day International series to claim a 3-1 victory.

Morgan revealed that England’s current strategy was to keep testing their abilities and to strive for excellence in every situation.

"To be honest, our strategy is quite simple - to continue testing ourselves, our ability, regardless of any situation we play,” Morgan told Sky Sports.

“That is the best strategy at the moment.

“We are trying to test our boundaries and capabilities as players.

“Like we have seen in the previous particular one-day series, we don't know what our boundaries are at the moment, so it's important to keep pushing them as far as we can."

The major target for England in their sight is the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup, which will be played in India between March and April next year.

With a number of quality players at his disposal, Morgan is looking forward to use the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan as a platform to test the strength of the squad.

“Looking ahead towards the World Cup, this is a really good time for us to grow the squad and build some experience for the guys who haven’t played and for guys who haven’t yet made a significant impact in T20 International cricket to stake their claim.

“I think throughout the series there is going to be a bit of a balance.

“I’ve always said since taking over as a captain that there is no good taking a squad of players if you don’t expect them to play.

“I think this is potentially an opportunity to see the guys that we haven’t seen a lot of before.”

The major target for England in their sight is the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup, which will be played in India between March and April next year.

With a number of quality players at his disposal, Morgan is looking forward to use the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan as a platform to test the strength of the squad.

“Looking ahead towards the World Cup, this is a really good time for us to grow the squad and build some experience for the guys who haven’t played and for guys who haven’t yet made a significant impact in T20 International cricket to stake their claim.

“I think throughout the series there is going to be a bit of a balance.

“I’ve always said since taking over as a captain that there is no good taking a squad of players if you don’t expect them to play.

“I think this is potentially an opportunity to see the guys that we haven’t seen a lot of before.”

Apart from the upcoming three T20Is against Pakistan, England have two more games against South Africa before they head to the World Cup.

Refusing to blame the schedule, Morgan reasoned that England have a similar squad for both ODIs and T20s, which should make up for the lack of proper match preparation.

“I think it is part and parcel of the international schedule the way it is.

“Leading up to the World Cup at the start of the year, we had exceptional preparation - and it didn't really come to fruition as how it worked out.

“We have to accept the schedule.

“We are lucky our squad doesn't change a great deal from one-day to T20.

“That's been aided by the fact we've changed the brand we play in ODIs, so it also is very relevant in Twenty20."

The 29-year-old also expressed that the relaxed dressing room atmosphere in the England team will help them to carry forward the momentum from the ODI series victory.

“Momentum is a funny thing, so is confidence,” said Morgan.

“We have gained a lot of momentum and confidence from the one-day series.

“I think to carry that over, it does take a lot of hard work.

“Certainly the relaxed attitude in the dressing room shouldn’t make it that tricky.”

England and Pakistan have played five T20Is in the UAE between 2010 and 2012, with England enjoying a 3-2 win-loss record.

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