MORGAN BACKS YOUNG GUNS

The stand-in captain of the England one day side, Eoin Morgan, has said that he has got full faith in his young players and he expects them to put up a better performance in the third ODI game against Australia tomorrow.

England is currently down by 0-1 in the series courtesy the huge defeat that they had suffered the other day at Old Trafford. One more defeat would make it impossible for the hosts to win the series.

In the Old Trafford game, England was completely outsmarted by the Kangaroos. The men in red struggled both with bat and ball and ended up being defeated by 80 odd runs.

When asked about that defeat by Unibet, Morgan said, “The wicket there was not a belter and we shouldn’t have allowed them to get to 315. It was far too much on that pitch.”
“The credit goes to them. They went after our strike bowlers which made things difficult for us.”

“We have got quite a few guys who can roll their arms over if needed and that’s the reason why we had gone with only 4 bowlers. But, unfortunately, it was a poor day in the office.”

“We need to back ourselves. We can still win the series. I have got faith in the lads and I am expecting them to step up in tomorrow’s game.”

On the other hand, the Kangaroo captain Michael Clarke has said that his boys put up a great all round performance.

Clarke said, “It’s great to have the taste of victory after such a tough test series. Getting to 300 was a very good effort on that wicket and then, our quicks bowled in great areas.”

Edgbaston will host tomorrow’s game between these two teams. The pitches at this venue generally help spinners. So, the leggie Fawad Ahmed will be the key for Australia.

MORGAN BACKS CARBERRY

The stand-in captain of the England ODI team, Eoin Morgan, has said that the Hampshire opening batsman Michael Carberry has got a lot of experience and he will bounce back from his poor debut match.

Carberry made his ODI debut for England by playing in the one off ODI against Ireland at Malahide. It proved to be a terrible day for the 32 years left handed batsman. He struggled in the field and dropped a couple of important catches. Then, when he was called upon to roll his arm over, he gave away 12 runs in his very first over and Morgan decided not to give him any more overs.

The English fans had massive expectations with Carberry when he came out to open England’s innings with Luke Wright, and so did the online bookmakers. He was coming out of a great Friends Life T20 tournament and he was expected to flourish against a relatively weaker Irish side. But, that didn’t happen. Carberry continued to struggle with the bat too. He perished after scoring just 10 runs.

Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, Morgan said, “You do get a bit nervous in your debut game. It happens with everyone. Carbs is someone who has been around in the domestic circuit since quite a while. So, he is not lacking experience and I am sure he will be able to bounce back.”

When asked about the probable England line up for the first game against Australia, Morgan said, “I can’t say anything about that at the moment. We will have to see the conditions first. After that, any decision will be taken regarding the playing XI.”

England will take on Australia in the 1st match of the 5-match ODI series at Headingley, Leeds on Friday.