T20 World Cup: Eoin Morgan’s men aim for a ‘double’
For England, it certainly would be “unbelievably special” if they can do a double by winning this T20 World Cup title as well after securing the (50 overs) World Cup crown in 2019, believes captain Eoin Morgan.
England, in fact, had come quite close to winning the 2016 World T20 title too.
But with 19 required off the final over in the decider at Eden Gardens, Carlos Brathwaite smashed Ben Stokes for four successive sixes as West Indies dashed England’s hopes.
“It would be unbelievably special if we manage to do it (the double). The group of players that we’ve had together for the last five or six years, alongside some new talented and young guys coming through who have really made a name for themselves, makes the composition in the squad extremely strong.
“Obviously, playing away from home creates challenges within that and I suppose for the first time since 2016, we are going into a world tournament where we haven’t been favourites.
“There are some challenges to go with that, but challenges we have overcome in bilateral series on previous occasions and challenges that we are really looking forward to,” Morgan said on the eve of England’s second warm-up tie versus New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.
Morgan, who skipped the first warm-up tie versus India in Dubai, is likely to play versus the Black Caps.
England were on the losing side versus India, failing to defend their 180-plus total. But Moeen Ali’s unbeaten 43 off 20 balls in that game did impress Morgan.
“Moeen has been in fine form. He was in great form in the Indian Premier League and in the first warm-up tie, he showed great confidence while out there in the middle,” Morgan said.
“You would have to say the form he’s in, he’s a good player we could utilise at any stage of the tournament.”
Though Kolkata Knight Riders reached the final of this IPL under Morgan’s captaincy, he failed to impress with the bat. But Morgan doesn’t seem to be too worried with his lean patch.
“I’ve managed to compartmentalise both (batting and captaincy). They are two different challenges.
“Not being a bowler and getting older and not contributing much on the field, I’ve looked at the role of the captain very seriously.
“It’s two bites of cherry when it comes to impact on the game and as regards my batting, I wouldn’t have been standing here if my form had always been a concern,” he said.