No fixed end date for Morgan

Ahead of the three-match ODI series in the Netherlands, Eoin Morgan says he will make the decision to step down as England’s limited-overs captain when he doesn’t feel he is having a positive impact on the side anymore.

Morgan was appointed England’s white-ball skipper in December 2014 and he has overseen a dramatic upturn in results ever since, most notably guiding his side to the 2019 50-over World Cup in dramatic style – beating New Zealand in a Super Over.

The 35-year-old also came close to landing the T20 World Cup in 2016 – losing out to West Indies in the final – while the Three Lions also fell short in the 2021 edition when New Zealand gained revenge in the semi-finals.

Although seen as one of the greatest captains around, the left-hander’s batting form has dropped significantly and he only averages 16 across his last 18 T20I innings, form which would likely see him out of the team if he wasn’t the skipper.

Next up for England is a three-match ODI series against the Netherlands, with all the encounters taking place at the VRA Ground, Amstelveen, and the first clash is on Friday at 10:00 (England 1/20, Netherlands 8/1 – Match Winner).

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The series also marks the start of Matthew Mott’s tenure as white-ball head coach and Morgan will be hoping to enjoy a successful partnership with the new man in charge, even if he doesn’t know how long he will stay as captain for.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Morgan said: “I would love to say I am finishing here or there and that’s it. I would love to work like that but the way my body is at the moment, I can’t work like that.

“If I injured myself tomorrow and it was going to be quite a prolonged injury then I wouldn’t be doing the team and myself any favours if I still held a commitment to finish at a certain point. If I don’t think I am good enough or I don’t feel I am contributing to the team, then I will finish.”

With the T20 World Cup coming up in Australia from October 16-November 13, there is only a few more months preparation time for England, who are the 3/1 favourites to lift the trophy Down Under.

England squad for three-match ODI series in the Netherlands:

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Brydon Carse (Durham), Sam Curran (Surrey), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), David Payne (Gloucestershire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Phil Salt (Lancashire), Reece Topley (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire), Luke Wood (Lancashire)

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Author: Paula Allen