ICC World Cup 2019: Two Close Matches Was the Ideal Preparation for the Showpiece Event Says England Skipper Eoin Morgan
England had to fight very hard to win the two one-off fixtures against Ireland and Pakistan inside three days despite being the No 1 team in the 50 overs format. They are one of the top contenders to lift the World Cup which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May. Despite digging deep to secure the two victories, England skipper Eoin Morgan stated that the challenge they received in the two matches served as a ‘great practice for them ahead of the quadrennial event.
Chasing a score of 199, England lost the first five wickets for just 66 runs. However, it was a good recovery from the hosts as they chased the target down with four wickets in hand. They were put under pressure even during the one-off T20I against Pakistan. However, they chased the target down with Eoin Morgan smashing an unbeaten 57 and helping England win the match.
“Two close matches is great practice for us (going into a World Cup),” Morgan told Sky Sports. “I think the guys are learning from this as we go on. They were two different challenges in the space of three days.”
England defeated Pakistan in Cardiff and that will also be the venue where Pakistan starts of their World Cup campaign against Bangladesh. Eoin Morgan stated that that playing in Cardiff helped the team get familiarize with the dimensions of the ground and plan accordingly for the 2019 World Cup.
“Given we have a fixture here in Cardiff during the World Cup it is very important that we get back into the habit of knowing the dimensions of the ground, feeling comfortable with either chasing or setting and getting our plans right when we are bowling,” he said.
When speaking about their plan going into the T20I, the skipper of England stated, “We made a lot of changes today, three guys coming in (Jofra Archer, Ben Duckett and Ben Foakes) and making their debuts, so getting over the line for the guys coming in and playing a young team is important.
“It makes it easier for them to learn and assess their own performance and the team performance in the right way as opposed to looking inwards and blaming themselves for losing a game,” he added.
Meanwhile, Eoin Morgan also returned to some run-scoring form which will be good signs for England going into the 2019 World Cup. In the earlier 4 matches, the southpaw aggregated just 99 runs including a duck against Ireland.
“My batting has not been good so far this summer. I’ve been searching (for runs) a little bit. Today I was a lot stiller at the crease as opposed to falling over and I managed to get myself in and away and I took advantage of that.
“Experience pays its weight in gold at the end and the stillness I played with today is what I will take away. Sometimes you can get wrapped up talking technique I just love to go out and be able to clear my front leg,” he added.
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