2017 ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Today’s Clash No Less Than Ashes – Eoin Morgan
Things are a whole lot easy for England than others in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Where other teams have complex situations, England has already cruised off to the semifinals.
England captain Eoin Morgan has labelled Saturday’s match his personal equivalent of the Ashes. Morgan said he had emphasised to his players not to take things lightly against the Aussies, who they could knock out from the tournament with a victory. That would boost up their confidence.
“I think from our side of things we emphasise the positive game in which we play. Sometimes that can look a little bit reckless at times,” he said on match eve at Edgbaston. “Yeah, I suppose it can put us in some sticky situations, but we’re in a position where we have nothing to lose.We’re pretty confident at the moment, and I think the game that we’ve got if we produce somewhere near our best, we’ll certainly contend.”
“If we’re looking to win this tournament and go beyond and win the World Cup, we need to be beating the best sides in the world, and Australia at the moment are one of them,” he added.
According to Morgan, tonight’s match creates same tension as does the ASHES – the epic top notch rivalries.
“I’ve been in a position where I haven’t played in Ashes cricket, and certainly there are other guys like that down in the change room,” he said. So from that side of thing, if you never get to play in an Ashes game, it’s the closest you will ever get to beating an Australia team.”
The sun came out for training on Friday and the weather forecast for game day has cleared up, giving hope of a full match, which would be Australia’s first for the tournament. And with only two points from two washouts so far, a victory is the only thing that can lead Australia to the Semis.
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