Ben Stokes Was Keen To Play ODIs And So He Wasn't Rested: Eoin Morgan
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Ben Stokes Was Keen To Play ODIs And So He Wasn’t Rested: Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes -Getty
Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes -Getty

Eoin Morgan, England limited-overs skipper said that the management did not consider resting all-rounder Ben Stokes for the ODI series against India as he was keen to play.

India defeated England in the fifth T20I, and as a result, the hosts won the series 3-2. Now both teams will lock horns in a three-match ODI series, beginning Tuesday in Pune.

Eoin Morgan: Pune Is A High Scoring Ground And Hasn’t Turned

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Before the T20 series had started, Eoin Morgan had clearly said that he would want his side to play on turning tracks in order to get best practice for this year’s T20 World Cup. But this was not the case in the T20I series, but the skipper hopes that turning tracks would be in store in Pune for the ODI leg.

“I do not know if we will get turning pitches. Historically, Pune has not really turned, it is a high-scoring ground and it is smaller than most. Good outfield and some dew in the evening. I am not expecting the pitch to turn but if it does it will be a really good experience for us,” said Eoin Morgan while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference on Monday.

Jofra Archer - GETTY IMAGES
Jofra Archer – GETTY IMAGES

England and Wales Cricket Board has been big on rotation policy in the ongoing series against India. Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, James Anderson were all rotated during the Test series against India.

When ANI asked whether the management looked at resting Ben Stokes for the ODI series looking at the international calendar and IPL, he said: “Obviously, we have looked at various periods of rest for Ben. This isn’t one of them, it would be when we get home potentially during this summer. It is dependent on circumstances regarding bio-secure bubbles and how often he sees his family.”

England had named a 14-player squad for the three-match One-Day International series against India in Pune without Jofra Archer and Joe Root. Three additional players namely Jake Ball, Chris Jordan, and Dawid Malan will travel with the squad as cover. All these players have been in India for the Twenty20 International series in Ahmedabad. Matt Parkinson earns a recall after a year.

Eoin Morgan: Ben Stokes Was Keen To Play So He Wasn’t Rested For ODIs

Jason Roy (144 runs averaging 28.8), Jos Buttler (172 runs averaging 43), Jonny Bairstow(118 runs averaging 39.33), and Dawid Malan(148 runs averaging 37) have been successful while skipper Eoin Morgan (33 runs averaging 11) has failed with the bat.

Jofra Archer who has picked 7 scalps is the 2nd highest wicket-taker averaging 22.14 while Mark Wood is 3rd in the list of maximum wicket takers with 5 scalps averaging 25.8. Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, and Sam Curran haven’t been successful that much, having a bowling average of 37 or more.

“Given that we play three games in five days, if we rested Ben, it would have literally Ben was staying in his room in Pune or Mumbai, sitting around as IPL is near. Ben was very keen to play so it was not considered,” he added.

Ben Stokes Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Ben Stokes Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Test skipper Joe Root has also been rested for the ODI series along with Jofra Archer.

When asked whether his presence would be missed by the side, Morgan said: “For a guy who scores run a ball and averages 50, he is an exceptional player and he has been that for a long time. We will miss him but it is about someone getting sloted at number three.”

Jofra Archer is the leading wicket-taker in the series with seven scalps to his name. He has been deemed unfit for selection for the ODI series that features matches on 23, 26, and 28 March. The ECB medical team will assess the player and, together with the pacer, develop a treatment plan and a return-to-play schedule in due course. As a consequence, Jofra Archer will miss the start of this year’s Indian Premier League.

Here’s England’s Squad

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Matt Parkinson (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Reece Topley (Surrey), Mark Wood (Durham). Also travelling with the squad: Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire).

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