ICC World Cup 2019: Brendon McCullum and New Zealand was a Source of Inspiration for Us After the 2015 World Cup Says Eoin Morgan
England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan has credited former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum for their exceptional turnaround in ODI cricket since the 2015 World Cup. Ever since being eliminated from the 2015 World Cup, England has improved by leaps and bounds and has taken their game to a whole new level.
They go into the main event of the showpiece event as one of the main favourites of the tournament. Many experts and former cricketers feel that England might well break their jinx and manage to win their maiden 50 overs World Cup.
“If you look at his (McCullum’s) body language at any stage of any game, it’s extremely positive. He’s always on the front foot and leading from the front regardless of the scoreboard or the situation of the game,” Eoin Morgan was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
“I like to pick his brain. As a pure leader, he’s exceptional. New Zealand cricket had embodied playing fun cricket under McCullum. Playing against them, we were a little bit jealous,” he said.
England was knocked out of the 2015 World Cup in the group stage itself after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands Bangladesh. “We were humiliated. There are two games which stand out for me in that World Cup which confirmed we were underprepared and so far off the mark — the first one was against New Zealand. We were bowled out for 123 and New Zealand knocked them off in 12.2 overs.
“The second moment was the game against Bangladesh. We were chasing 275, and we were more than capable of chasing it down — it was on a good wicket and against Bangladesh, who we had beaten previously in a one-day series. When it came to every crunch moment in the chase, however, we fell short. We crumbled,” added Morgan
Meanwhile, Eoin Morgan further added that the England Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss’ decision to back him as the skipper worked wonders for him and also boosted his confidence for future.
“He gave me absolute clarity that we needed to change things drastically and he would give us time to change them. In the 2015 World Cup, there was a drastic change in the move towards higher scores. Scores moved from 300 to 330 on an average and that meant you had to change everyone’s default mode,” he said.
There were several changes employed in the ODI side which included the ouster of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. The inclusion of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow has worked wonders for England as they have got England off to breezy starts on most occasions.
“With the bat, you needed to be able to post 330-350, so to choose guys whose default mode was pure aggression was something we highlighted in selection. We identified guys with a lot of talent who would fit the mould; if they did get knocked back at some stage, they would come back harder,” he said.
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