We tried to emulate Australia and New Zealand - Eoin Morgan
England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan revealed that the team has adapted their style of play in the ongoing ICC World T20 inspired by the performance of Australia and New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015.
England’s current performance in limited overs matches is quite a departure from the kind of cricket they played in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
After a first-round exit in last year’s mega-event, England made a slew of changes in their squad and support personnel while also adopting an aggressive brand of cricket.
Their efforts to make a change to the style of their play have culminated in a semi-final berth of the ongoing 2016 ICC World T20.
Morgan added that England had no other way than to adapt the attacking style of play if they had to bridge the difference of quality between them and the 2015 Cricket World Cup finalists.
"I've been asked the question after every series that we've played, and I can't quite believe how far we've come overall in our white-ball cricket," Morgan said.
"I think that New Zealand series was very important.
“We'd talked about emulating what Australia and New Zealand did at that World Cup.
"From where we were to where they were ... we were miles away.
"In order to bridge the gap we had to try and emulate the fashion in which they played."
New Zealand on the other hand are the only team which is undefeated in the ongoing World T20 and have found success despite not opting to play their pace spearheads Trent Boult and Tim Southee.
The Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson stated that both Boult and Southee are eager to play and the team will select the playing XI based on the conditions on offer at the venue.
“They're very much ready to go," Williamson said about Boult and Southee.
“We still haven't decided on a side but we will be looking closely at conditions and the history of what the wicket's produced and try and pick our best side.
“We've simply tried to pick horses for courses, our best team for the conditions against the opposition at any given time and that certainly won't change.”
The first Semi-Final of the 2016 ICC World T20 will be played between England and New Zealand on 30th March at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
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