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Results will look after themselves - Eoin Morgan

Results will look after themselves - Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan urges England to continue playing the positive brand of cricket in the ODI series against Australia.
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England captain Eoin Morgan reckons that match results will look after themselves if the team continues to push forward with the positive changes implemented after the World Cup debacle.

England, who suffered an ignominious first round exit at the 2015 World Cup, were under pressure to change the brand of cricket they were playing until that point.

A slew of changes followed and the One-Day International series against New Zealand saw England playing a hitherto unseen attacking brand of cricket that worked wonders for them.

Morgan felt that the way the England team has responded to the changes implemented was heartening to see.

At the same time, he stressed the importance of driving the changes forward instead of focusing on the results for the time being.

“Before the New Zealand series, I did not envisage that the side developing and gelling so well or as well as they have done so far this summer," he said.

“I think it is important to say that New Zealand (series) is obviously a start.

“It is important to recognise that we have made a big change.

“It has come off at the very start of it but it is important that we continue to drive that change forward.

“The results for now, will look after themselves, but it is important not to focus on them.” 

At the World Cup, England suffered heavy defeats against Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, while winning only against Scotland and Afghanistan.

Morgan acknowledged that the manner in which teams like Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have played over the years has certainly shaped the ODI format.

Admitting that the big changes were necessary after the World Cup debacle, Morgan believed that the team needs to carry the new found confidence into the ODI series against Australia.

“The cricket that Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have played has influenced one-day cricket by a huge amount.

“When we came back after the world cup, the message was clear, whatever we were doing did not work.

“We needed to change it, we needed to bridge that gap between the top three or four teams and us.
“I think we are going in the right direction at the moment.

“Obviously, we’ve only had one series.

“Our method has been tested a couple of times and we’ve bounced back a couple of times, which is important.

“I think it is important to build confidence from that series and we continue it throughout this series.”

Stating that the cricket they played earlier worked well only at home, Morgan is hoping that England’s new brand of cricket will improve their overseas record.

Morgan also feels that with the new approach, the players currently have a great chance to develop their game when they play in away conditions.

“It was a case of buying into the method that we used, which was very strong in England.
“We had a fantastic record at home.

“But the method that we are going with at the moment, I hope will improve our cricket abroad.

“We will play on very flat wickets, which means no home advantage.

“It means that our bowlers and batters can expand and develop their games.

“When we do come on a flat wicket in Dubai or Cape Town, wherever it may be, we have the skills to execute it well enough and contribute to a winning game.”

After the failure at the World Cup, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) appointed former captain, Andrew Strauss as the Director of Cricket.

Strauss has made an instant impact as his approach and methods have seen a turnaround in England’s fortunes, first with the New Zealand series and now with the Ashes victory.

Praising Strauss for giving the team a new direction, Morgan stated that everything has gone right for England under the watch of the 38-year-old.

“He (Strauss) has. That is given a huge amount of direction and confidence.

“Strauss, since he has come on board at the ECB, everything he has touched has turned to gold.

“It has been brilliant and I am very happy for him.”

With England management placing importance on improving their form in the ODI format, Morgan considers that it has given him a chance to play a bigger role.

The 28-year-old made it clear that the most important challenge in front of the England team is to push the boundaries to achieve better results.

“Emphasising one-day cricket helps me and gives me a bit of a bigger role to play in the future of the white ball cricket.

“I think it is still a matter of us trying to get the most out of ourselves as cricketers and actually push the boundary so to speak, with everything that we do.

“So, at the moment that is more important than anything else because for a long time we’ve always set targets and set restrictions on things.

“Certainly at the moment, that is not the case.

“Down the line, we will pick things back and play what’s known as smart cricket and use the experience that we’ve had this summer.

“But at the moment, it is to take the game to the opposition.”

The England selectors have decided to rest Joe Root, whose form with the bat has been a crucial part in the revival of England’s fortunes.

Hailing Root for his impeccable record so far, Morgan said that the team will surely miss the 24-year-old’s contributions in the ODI series against Australia.

“Obviously Joe leaves a huge gap at number three.

“He has been a magnificent run scorer now for two years.

“I don’t think he has missed out once and he has been amazing.

“I know I have learnt a lot watching him and guys around him have done the same thing.

“He leaves a gap with his bowling as well.

“He was there as a sixth bowler and a bowler to rely on if the things did not go to plan.

“So we have to possibly look at three and seven (positions), a guy who can fill the runs and be the sixth bowler.” 

Though England might miss Root, they have the services of Moeen Ali, who can be a handy all-rounder, as evident from his showing against Australia in the lone Twenty20 International.

Terming Ali as a “fantastic player” Morgan said: “Moeen has been in fantastic form, he showed that again in Cardiff.

“He is a fantastic player to watch.

“He offers a huge amount with the ball.

“I certainly envisage him playing tomorrow.” 

England will get the five-match ODI series against Australia underway with the first game which will be played at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Thursday.

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