Moores praises Morgan attitude

Published: Saturday 24th January 2015 by The News Editor

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England head coach Peter Moores has praised captain Eoin Morgan for showing focus in the face of a blackmail plot.

The England and Wales Cricket Board on Thursday revealed an Australian resident’s attempt to use details of a brief relationship from Morgan’s past to raise a five-figure pay-off – reportedly £35,000 – from the organisation.

The ECB said it received an email from an Australian man demanding the money to prevent him revealing details regarding a relationship Morgan had with a woman five years ago to newspapers in the UK and Australia.

ECB officials in Australia approached the Tasmanian after discussions with the Metropolitan Police. The man concerned, reportedly a Hobart workplace safety consultant who was in a relationship with the woman, admitted and apologised for his actions when confronted.

He contacted a Melbourne newspaper admitting he was the man involved and saying he was in possession of ”sexually based” messages exchanged between his partner and the 28-year-old. The man’s partner has since said, in the Hobart Mercury newspaper, that the couple have split up because of the plot.

Morgan, meanwhile, led England into action against Australia on Friday in the latest match in the ongoing Tri-Series.

He made a duck – Moores said he was “unfortunate” – but the England camp are confident one-day skipper Morgan was unaffected by the off-field goings-on.

“He kept it simple,” Moores said. “H e kept it out of the way of the cricket and away from the lads and moved on.

“That’s what we want to do at the moment.

“Eoin got on with it yesterday.”

Asked in a Sky Sports News interview whether the incident was a lesson in what comes with being captain of England, for a player newly appointed to the role, Moores said: ” I suppose so.

“I think Eoin goes in with his eyes wide open with the England captaincy.

“It’s a high-profile job, it’s a tough job, but it’s also a very rewarding job.

“He’s looking forward – we’ve got a big game against India coming up. If we win that we’ve a chance of going to the Tri-Series final.”

Published: Saturday 24th January 2015 by The News Editor

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