Impressive performances please Morgan
Eoin Morgan believes he is back to his brilliant best after starring in England’s NatWest Series demolition of Australia.
The left-hander was dropped from the England Test side after enduring a difficult winter against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
But, after working hard on his technique, the 25-year-old played himself back into form by smashing a 54-ball 114 for Middlesex against Lancashire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 before returning to England limited-overs colours with a bang.
Morgan followed up a match-winning unbeaten 89 from just 63 deliveries with 43 not out as England went on to complete a 4-0 series victory.
“I feel in really good form at the moment,” he told ecb.co.uk.
“I’ve worked on a few things in particular over the last couple of months that have helped me in good stead and I feel like I’m striking it really well.
“I think it clicked a month before when I was playing for Middlesex. I hit a 50-ball hundred and then got some runs in the championship in the following week. From there, I built a bit of confidence and things I worked hard on came good for me.
“I hit it really well, the guys played well throughout the series and that first game set the tone, put the Aussies on the back foot and under pressure.”
With Kevin Pietersen announcing his retirement from limited-overs international cricket, Morgan is relishing the added responsibility on his shoulders.
“I think there is a lot of responsibility on everybody,” he said.
“I feel as if I am a small leader in a big group. The way I play and score my runs, hopefully it oozes a positive vibe to the other batsman and bowlers throughout the team.
“There are big roles within the team that need to be filled.”
England have now won 10 consecutive ODIs and secured seven successive series on home soil, but Morgan knows there is still work to be done if Alastair Cook’s troops are to be realistic World Cup challengers in three years' time.
“That is a long way away, but we are cementing building blocks that can give us the start to easing our way into that World Cup period,” he said.
“Another building block is this winter in India. We have never had massive success in the sub-continent so going out there and winning would be a huge thing for us.”
A washout at Edgbaston prevented England from leapfrogging Australia to the summit of the International Cricket Council rankings.
However, Morgan revealed England are fully focussed on completing their quest to become number one in the world across all formats.
“Our emphasis as a team is to be the very best and the best we can be,” he added. "To be the very best English team to be around.
"We have come a long way since Alastair took over a year ago and it has been a bit of a fast-track. We are waiting for a hiccup, but hopefully there will not be any.”