Eoin Morgan starts planning for ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Sudipta Biswas / 25 June 2016

England ODI captain Eoin Morgan has started thinking of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 which is scheduled to take place in England. Morgan feels that he can make plans and analysis of the batting, bowling, and fielding departments.

England captain is happy with his team batting. “With the side at the moment, our batting has come a really, really long way in 12 months and it has really driven our confidence up. We’ve grown into a side where we feel comfortable batting first and can bat a side out of a game or feel comfortable chasing. That confidence rubs off on our fielding, our bowling and it’s where we’re at at the moment,” he said.

“With the performances, Jos Buttler has put in, he’s been elevated when it’s felt right. There has also been Joe Root’s success – he’s been the glue for us, probably in all forms of cricket. It’s great having that weight of runs behind you and being allowed to push Jos up the order has been very successful for us too,” he added.

There are new pace bowlers in England team over the last year. Chris Woakes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett have together formed the crux of the bowling attack for England. “We’re always looking for new ideas. With the success we’ve had in the last 12 months, the couple of series that we have won, alongside that, is looking back at how everyone has performed and how unique every individual is. I think that is the same with our bowling unit, having the right balance in our attack and encouraging everybody to actually stick with what their strengths are,” Morgan told.

Morgan stressed the importance of variation in the bowling attack as well. He said – “One of the main things we learned from the 50-over World Cup was that we need variation in our side. So that potentially means a left-arm seam bowler, a genuine quick who bowls 90mph and then your steady, reliable guy who hits a length and bowls a bit at the death.”