Morgan ‘a top flight player’: Moores

LONDON: Peter Moores, England’s head coach, has backed Eoin Morgan to arrest his slump in form, describing him as a “top-flight one-day player” and suggesting that stepping up to take temporary charge of the team could help provide the spark he needs.
Morgan will take over the ODI captaincy at a time when his place is as insecure as it has ever been, after Alastair Cook was suspended for one match due to slow over rates. Morgan had developed a reputation over several years as one of England’s best limited-overs batsman, a singular talent who was also a reliable match-winner, but has now gone 15 innings without a one-day half-century. After beginning the tour of Sri Lanka with two contrasting defeats, England showed plenty of character in winning the third ODI by five wickets. Morgan was dropped down the order to No. 6 in Hambantota but managed only a single as England fell to a perilous 152 for 5 chasing 236 to win. Happily for Morgan, Cook and Moores, Joe Root and Jos Buttler fashioned a flinty, unbroken partnership for the sixth wicket to secure victory and send the team back to Colombo with renewed confidence.
But England’s tardy display in the field means that Cook will take an enforced break and Moores confirmed that Morgan, the regular deputy in limited-overs cricket, would take charge despite the careworn state of his game.

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