Eoin Morgan: “You’ll see opportunities for the guys on the team over the next three games”; Watch the first international T20 match between England and Pakistan, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 6pm on Friday
Saqib Mahmood could have another chance to impress as Eoin Morgan says England will impress on IT20 series
Eoin Morgan says England is likely to switch teams during the IT20 series against Pakistan and that the players will have one “last chance” to impress before this fall’s T20 World Cup.
A renewed England team dominated the one-day international series after the starting team was forced into self-isolation due to a coronavirus outbreak and, while the majority of the first-choice group is back for the T20s, 50-year-old trump stars. Saqib Mahmood, Lewis Gregory and Matt Parkinson are also included in the team.
With the T20 World Cup now just three months away, this series represents one of the last opportunities for Morgan to assess his options ahead of the tournament, and it is one he intends to seize.
When asked if there would be more rotation among England’s 16-team for the three-game series, Morgan said; “There are very few opportunities [left], and without knowing what awaits us, we need to look a little more deeply at our strength.
“He will see opportunities for the guys on the team over the course of the next three games, going through several different options for possible injury replacements for certain players.
“That’s the priority throughout the series, treating it as our last chance to see guys in different positions.”
One area England are eager to improve is their death bowling, which could provide Mahmood, in particular, with a chance to shine after his series player’s performance at the ODIs.
“I think everyone will have a chance to bowl in the face of death,” Morgan said.
“Everyone will have a chance. Saqib is coming off a good level of bowling in the one-day series, but obviously T20 is a different game.
“Certainly the first two games they probably weren’t exposed on the bowling side of death because they played very well (at first), so it’s an opportunity in these three games to see the guys under pressure.”
While Morgan insists he was not surprised by what he saw of any of the late recruited players for the ODIs, when asked about Mahmood and Gregory, he noticed the improvement in their games in the time since they last appeared. for England and also highlighted the contribution of James Vince after his century in the third ODI.
“They have done themselves a lot of good, to be honest.” “The only thing you see when guys go in and out of the side, especially when they don’t have a chance to play a lot, is a noticeable improvement from the moment they had a chance to the next time an opportunity might arise.
“The two guys you mentioned, in particular, and James Vince, were outstanding during the one-day series.
“When you look at a guy like James Vince, who reaches the peak of his career in his 30s, he knows his game from the inside out, he’s very mature and the innings he played at Edgbaston really show the strength and depth. inside our side.
“Sitting and watching the way the guys played alone, without the results that they achieved, was hugely satisfying. They played an exciting kind of cricket, they looked like they really had fun and the results came with that. Overall, it was hugely beneficial to everyone. “.
Watch the first international T20 match between England and Pakistan, live on Sky Sports Cricket starting at 6pm on Friday.