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I Wasn't Good Enough For Test Cricket: Eoin Morgan

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: November 30, 2018, 12:16 AM IST
I Wasn't Good Enough For Test Cricket: Eoin Morgan

A file photo of Eoin Morgan. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

England's limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan has conceded he got a fair number of opportunities in Test cricket but "wasn't good enough" to cash in on that. In 16 Tests, the 32-year-old only managed 700 runs at a mediocre average of 30.43.

"I had my chance to play Test cricket. I played in a very good team, in a very good environment, under an exceptional captain in Andrew Strauss," Morgan told ESPNcricinfo.

"I think a lot of people that come and go in Test match cricket and don't make the most of their opportunity sometimes look back and wish that they could have been part of a better team or a more expansive or disciplined team.

"There's always a different aspect because it's a failure in a way. I think people find it hard to say they just weren't good enough and I don't think I was."

England recently whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 and they did it by playing a positive brand of cricket - the brand which has made England's limited-overs side arguably the most dominating and entertaining unit in recent times. Morgan, however, doesn't want to take any credit and said England Test team's approach was rather more Joe Root-esque.

"I'm not sure (if England's Test approach has been influenced by Morgan's ODI team). Joe can only answer that or guys that play in the team," said Morgan.

"One thing I see particularly on this tour, where the guys won 3-0 and it was unbelievable to watch, was that they're playing with clarity and the way that they want to. That for me signifies that they're playing in Joe Root's way and with everybody in the team's way. To watch that as a fan is great to see."

While he might have failed in red-ball cricket but Morgan has led England to new heights in coloured clothing. England have now won nine multi-game bilateral series in a row and will go into the home World Cup 2019 as favourites, of which Morgan approves.

“Next year, at the moment we are favourites, so presuming nothing goes horrifically wrong between now and the start of the World Cup, that will probably stay the same,” he said.

“World Cup history suggests that going into the World Cup you have to be ranked in the top three or four in the world in order to be genuine contenders, so you’d probably have to consider the top three or four and then you’d probably throw Pakistan in there, because on their day they can beat any team.

“I think going into the Champions Trophy as favourites was a different aspect of our game that we needed to work with. At that tournament we weren’t good enough, we ran into a very good Pakistan team.”

The renovation started after the 2015 World Cup where they failed to make it to the knockout stages. After going through a lot of chopping and changing, England slowly started building a formidable white-ball unit, and since then have been very consistent. England are currently the top-ranked side in 50-over format and Morgan believes they have only been able to achieve that position because they have been true to their principles.

"Some of [England's cricket since 2015] has been mind-blowing and it's full credit to the team," he said. "We've always been a tight unit and the things we've tried to do since our summer of 2015; we've been true to our principles, we've always tried to push our boundaries, we've never let the opposition try and dictate what we're trying to do.

"We aspire to be the best versions of ourselves that we can possibly be and guys have stayed really true to that and it has worked, particularly with our batting. I think in the last year and a half our bowling has progressed really nicely and we're almost probably further ahead than anybody thought we would be, even myself, before the 2019 World Cup but it just means we've got more to build on hopefully for next year."
First Published: November 30, 2018, 12:16 AM IST

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