Eoin Morgan: “I’m very happy with the role I’m playing in the white ball team and English cricket at the moment. I haven’t played red ball cricket for a long time. I wouldn’t have any interest in work. I wouldn’t be good at that”; Morgan also believes the coaching roles should be divided
Last update: 22/04/22 08:30
England white ball skipper Eoin Morgan has ruled himself out of becoming Test team captain, instead offering his support to Ben Stokes.
Morgan led England to victory at the 2019 World Cup aged 50, the culmination of a remarkable turnaround in the team’s clean-ball form after a disastrous exit from the group stage in 2015.
It had led to calls from some for Morgan to also lead England’s Test revival after a one-win run in their last 17 Test matches led to Joe Root stepping down from his role last week.
The last of Morgan’s 16 Test caps came 10 years ago, while his last red ball game for Middlesex was in 2019.
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When asked if he would be interested in the position, Morgan replied Sky Sports News“Absolutely not, no.
“I am very happy with the role I am currently playing in the white ball team and in English cricket. It is the part of my career that I am most proud of.
“My career is firmly focused on World Cups, and hopefully maintaining what we have built over the past six years will probably be the most important part of what I leave behind.
“I haven’t played red ball cricket in a long time. I wouldn’t have any interest in the job. I wouldn’t be good at it.”
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Stokes, who served as vice-captain to Root, is the favorite for the job and Morgan has backed him to continue to lead by example should he take on the role.
“Obviously Ben is a fantastic player, a brilliant leader, although he doesn’t need to have the captain’s armband to lead the way he does,” Morgan said.
“The World Cup Final experience here [at Lord’s] really showed his true colors in the way he led from start to finish – and throughout the tournament as well. He would certainly be a candidate.
“I think it would be difficult to turn down the captaincy. It’s a privileged position. Obviously the circumstances have to be right, but most people who want to push red-ball cricket forward would like to do that.”
Morgan, who revealed he had spoken to new ECB England men’s cricket director Rob Key this week, said it was an “exciting time” in all three formats, with one or more new coaches to be appointed .
The 35-year-old himself thinks the role should be split, adding: “Just the demands of the game as a whole are huge now, there’s almost no break.
“It’s asking so much for one man to do the job.”
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