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Eoin Morgan's tips on chasing

How do you keep your head in the pressure cooker atmosphere of a run chase? England captain Eoin Morgan talks through how to construct a successful chase.

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Eoin Morgan's tips on chasing

Eoin Morgan hits out during the NatWest IT20 against Sri Lanka

How do you keep your head in the pressure cooker atmosphere of a run chase?

Who better to ask than England's limited overs captain Eoin Morgan, who has hunted down his fair share of sizeable totals in the past, not least the 350 set by New Zealand in 2015.

That was achieved with six overs to spare, thanks to hundreds for Morgan and for Joe Root, and with England playing an aggressive brand of 50-over and T20 cricket, you get the sense that no total would feel insurmountable in their dressing room these days.

Morgan prefers chasing and the clarity it brings, saying a level head and an ability to play your own game when under the pump are essential if a side is to prosper batting second. 

Watch him talk through his strategy in full here:

Morgan's mantra

“The challenges you come up against are actually in your head – you're always monitoring the run rate and where it is at. But if you can manage that by playing your own game and executing your own shots it takes away a lot of pressure.

“The further you get into your innings, the faster the fielding side start to panic. The more balls you face the better the position you get in to chase down a score. Deflecting pressure for as long as you can and almost waiting for the opposition to give in before you do is important.

“It is important to embrace it and enjoy it. You say ‘We're either going to win or lose it and if we win it it's going to be a hell of a chase’. If you change your mindset to that attitude you actually embrace the challenge ahead of you.

“The most memorable chase I've been a part of was against New Zealand when we were chasing 350 (at Trent Bridge in 2015).

“We were playing against the second best side in the world, coming off a really good World Cup campaign. The attitude to that run chase was almost, because it was so significant and the conditions were good, you take 350 out of the equation and just be positive against all their bowlers.”

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