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Cricket World Cup: Eoin Morgan On England’s Rise To Top Of World Rankings

27 May 2019 Sport

England’s one-day team has enjoyed a dramatic transformation since their embarrassing exit from the 2015 World Cup in Australia.

From no-hopers to world beaters, they go into this summer’s World Cup, which starts on Thursday, as hosts and favourites.

Captain Eoin Morgan is credited as being one of the key men behind the reversal in fortunes. Here, he describes England’s four-year journey to former England skipper Michael Vaughan.

Listen to the full interview on Test Match Special’s World Cup daily podcast.

Morgan: “Being given the opportunity to continue leading the side allowed me to reaffirm ideas I had during the 2015 World Cup.

“We recognised we were so far off the mark, needed to change the way we played and needed to have one clear goal as a team.

“The phone call from [England director of cricket] Andrew Strauss was a huge confidence booster for me. He gave me absolute clarity that we needed to change things drastically and he would give us time to change them.

“In the 2015 World Cup, there was a drastic change in the move towards higher scores. Scores moved from 300 to 330 on average and that meant you had to change everyone’s default mode.

“As a group, we’d been together for a long time and played the same cricket. When we were put under pressure we would go into our shell and be unable to play any shots.”

Source Fox news

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