Morgan hoping for aggressive attack

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Published: Tuesday 9th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Eoin Morgan is relishing his opportunity to help plot England’s way forward in limited-overs cricket.

Morgan, who has unified the captaincy in one-day internationals and Twenty20 in a new era under the watchful eye of England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss, held the reins too during a hapless World Cup campaign last winter.

The plan is, though, to ditch the conservative approach which backfired in Australia and New Zealand and allow an emerging generation of aggressive cricketers to express themselves.

It will start against the Kiwis at Edgbaston on Tuesday, in the first of five Royal London Series matches.

New Zealand were one of the teams who exposed England’s limitations at the World Cup – trouncing them by eight wickets in Wellington, en route to the final.

Morgan’s team stumbled on to an embarrassingly early exit, and will be facing the same opponents for the first time since in 50-over cricket.

They will do so with a radically changed line-up – including rising stars such as Jason Roy and David Willey – and a captain encouraged by the faith Strauss has shown in him.

“That gives me great confidence,” said Morgan, of his twin leadership role.

“It allows me to mould guys in the way that I want them to play – which is go and play their natural game.

“We feel the guys we’ve selected play naturally in an aggressive way, and we want that to continue.”

The Irishman is hoping to mould a new team.

He added: “It might still take a bit of time. But I can get my views across, and things can be a lot clearer.

“I’ll certainly be involved in selection, so I’ve got the squad I wanted.”

He is delighted at the prospect of working again alongside his former Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss – this time with England – once the Australian arrives later this month.

“My experience with him has been brilliant,” said Morgan.

“He is very behind-the-scenes … come the limelight, he is nowhere to be seen – which is something I have a lot of admiration for.”

Morgan’s opposite number Brendon McCullum retains respect for England, despite their defeat four months ago.

He said of England’s World Cup debacle: “They missed some key opportunities.

“ODI cricket can be brutal if you don’t take them.

“If they’d won against Bangladesh, who knows what might have happened?”

Published: Tuesday 9th June 2015 by The News Editor

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