Eoin Morgan said close games are great exercise going into World Cup 2019

Morgan, the England limited-overs skipper, feels the hard-fought wins against Ireland and Pakistan serve as good game practice in lead-up to the CWC19. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Eoin Morgan said close games are great exercise going into World Cup 2019
Eoin Morgan said close games are great exercise going into World Cup 2019

England stuttered in chase of 198 in the one-off one-day international against Ireland on Friday, 3 May before Ben Foakes rescued them from 101/6. On Sunday, in the T20 against Pakistan, it exited down to the final over, with Morgan guiding his side to a seven-wicket victory. Both wins were far from content, but that does not worry Morgan.

“Two close matches is great practice for us going into a World Cup,” he told Sky Sports.

The guys are learning from this as we go on. They were two different challenges in the space of three days.

“Given we have a fixture in Cardiff during the World Cup, it is very important we get back into the habit of knowing the dimensions of the ground, feeling comfortable with whichever chasing or setting, and getting our plans right when we are bowling.”

Morgan also spoke of the importance of playing a young team. We made a lot of variations today, three guys coming in Jofra Archer, Ben Duckett, and Foakes, and making their debuts, so getting over the line for the guys coming in, and playing a young side 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.”

Morgan was lavish in his praise of Archer, who returned 2/29 in his four overs and put the brakes on Pakistan with the dismissals of Haris Sohail and Babar Azam in the 15th over. They were both set batsmen, who had put on a century stand, and Pakistan was able to add only 39 runs in the remaining 25 balls.

I thought Jofra came on from the game in Ireland,” Morgan said. “He showed a lot more of what he’s about. It can take time. Today was another debut for him, and like I said the other day, they don’t always go that well – actually the majority of the time they don’t. But I thought today, he came on a lot more.

“Hopefully he’ll have an opportunity throughout the series the five ODIs against Pakistan to do the same.”

Morgan was extravagant in his praise of Archer, who returned 2/29 in his four overs and put the brakes on Pakistan with the dismissals of Haris Sohail and Babar Azam in the 15th over. They were both set batsmen, who had put on a century stand, and Pakistan was able to add only 39 runs in the remaining 25 balls.

I thought Jofra came on from the game in Ireland,” Morgan said. “He showed a lot more of what he’s about. It can take time. Today was another debut for him, and like I said the other day, they don’t always go that well – actually the majority of the time they don’t. But I thought today, he came on a lot more.

“Hopefully he’ll have an opportunity throughout the series the five ODIs against Pakistan to do the same.” Eoin Morgan said

While Morgan was pleased with Archer’s debut, he was dangerous of the rest of the bowling unit.

“We were a little bit hit-and-miss with our bowling,” he said. “Pakistan are a very good side, but I wouldn’t say it was anywhere near our best with the ball.”

England and Pakistan will now clash in a five-match ODI series, beginning on Wednesday in London.

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