Morgan seeks sustained England improvement

Eoin Morgan, England’s limited-overs captain, is on an agenda to keep his team on an upward curve as they seek to complete a series win against Sri Lanka, when the two teams meet at the Kennington Oval on Wednesday (June 29). Under Morgan, England have shown plenty of improvement in the 50-over format of the game following their disastrous campaign in the 2015 World Cup, that saw them exit the showpiece event in the group stage. Since then, they have beaten New Zealand at home, Pakistan away and fought hard in losing campaigns against Australia and South Africa.
Tipped as the favourites against Sri Lanka, England go into the fourth match with a 1-0 advantage. They fought back superbly to tie the first match at Trent Bridge, thumped their opponents at Edgbaston and then watched helplessly as rain thwarted their chances of chasing down 248 in Bristol. Even with more rain forecast in London ahead of the fourth ODI, Morgan wants his team to keep up with their good work and not worry about external influences.
“We want to play as much cricket as we can, and I suppose (the weather) has halted a little bit of the momentum we’ve had,” he said on Tuesday (June 28), ahead of the fourth ODI. “Tomorrow is about regaining that a little bit,” he added.
Another washout at the Oval will mean England cannot lose the series, but Morgan is wary of taking things for granted. “I think the cricket we’ve played, bar the first game, has been pretty good,” he said. “The first game was a kick up the backside more than anything – so bouncing back from that at Edgbaston, I thought, was brilliant. Then backing that up with our bowling performance at Bristol was also very good,” he added.
By his own high standards, middle-order batsman, Joe Root, has had a quiet time, both in the Tests and the ongoing ODI series, but Morgan backed his class batsman to come good in the near future. “He looks in magnificent touch. I pair up with him in the nets, and it
doesn’t make me feel any better. Joe (Root) is a class act who has scored a huge amount of runs,” Morgan concluded.

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