Jos Battler backs Eoin Morgan amid England captain’s poor form

Jos Battler was stunned by speculation about Eoin Morgan’s future in England, insisting that whatever the limited-overs captain had accomplished “won’t disappear overnight”.

The organ revolutionized the history of the England white-ball team and led them to their first 50-man World Cup victory in 2019, but it hasn’t spent half a century in one-night internationals and the Twenty20 in almost a year.

He registered two consecutive strikes against the Netherlands and missed Wednesday’s eight-wicket win that ended in a 3-0 ODI clean sweep due to a tight groin, an injury he first suffered last month.

His absence has been described as a precautionary measure, but even if form and fitness problems persisted, Battler, who replaced captain in the final match against the Dutch, insisted that Morgan retain the team’s support.

“Of course there’s no doubt about his position inside the camp,” said Battler, whose unbeaten 86 of 64 innings helped England redefine their 245 win goal in just 30.1 overs.

“I can’t put into words what he achieved. Everyone always talks about his captaincy but you forget what a brilliant batsman he was for England in over 200 ODIs, it doesn’t go away overnight. Everyone on the team supports him.”

Test captain Ben Stokes was even more outspoken in his defense of his white-ball colleague.


Jason Roy won the century as England marched to victory (Zach Goodwin/Pennsylvania)

“Well, he’s only got two low scores so I wouldn’t say he’s having a hard time right now,” Stokes said ahead of England’s third Test against New Zealand in Headingley.

“I think the press are the only ones giving him trouble and I think the players have shown that it’s not their problem.

“People are allowed not to score many points, and moreover, he is our captain. He is a phenomenal leader and always will be, so I have no problem with what is happening to him at the moment.”

Another plot in this series in Amstelveen, a suburb southwest of Amsterdam, was the uniform of Battler, who charts at number one on the series along with Phil Salt with 248.


David Wyllie scored four wickets in England’s win (Zach Goodwin/Pennsylvania)

After David Wyllie took four of 36 and the Netherlands swung from 203 in three after 39.5 overs to 244 with four unused balls, Salt’s 49 helped England start well before he and David Malan were eliminated by Paul van Mickeren in for three deliveries. .

While Jason Roy sealed the serve with 101 not out of 86, Battler, who learned he would take charge of England on Tuesday night when Morgan was unavailable, was in his belligerent uniform.

This year’s Indian Premier League MVP, who scored 162 goals in Friday’s record-breaking opener, brought his series tally to 19 sixes with five rope-overs. bouncer.

“I should have said yes,” Battler said when asked if he was in his life form. “The IPL was incredibly special for me personally to host such a tournament, I surprised myself.

“I think what is important for us in white ball cricket in England is that we talk about the game in a certain manner and we should try to live to the maximum. Of course, there is an element of risk in this style of play, but we demand it from everyone.”

Battler’s stunning form raises the prospect of returning to the Test under Stokes and head coach Brandon McCallum just months after a disappointing Ashes streak in which he averaged 15.28 points.

“I haven’t talked to anyone about this,” Butler added. “I am very happy with where I am at the moment. It may never be a question to be answered.”