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Eoin Morgan expects different coaches for different cricket formats in future

England have had different coaches in the limited overs cricket format and Tests before, and Eoin Morgan believes such a scenario could be common among teams in future

cricket Updated: Jan 14, 2018 18:18 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Eoin Morgan,England cricket team,Trevor Bayliss
England cricket team captain Eoin Morgan believes cricket will undergo a lot of changes in the next decade.(AP)

England skipper Eoin Morgan has stated that owing to the increase in the demand of the game across three formats, there will soon come a scenario where a single coach won’t be enough to steer a side but the responsibility will be shared among specialists of each format.

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, the captain stated: “Cricket is going to change even more in the next 10 years than it has in the previous 10 years. I’d say, if anything, the formats are getting further and further apart. So I’m open to it (different coaches for different formats). England have had different coaches for different formats in the past when Zimbabwean legend Andy Flower had decided to keep the longest format under him and delegate the other two to former English spinner Ashley Giles.

England were thrashed 4-0 by Australian in the recently-concluded Ashes although they started well by winning the first game of the five-match ODI series on Sunday. However, coach Trevor Bayliss admitted a few days back that he would like to steer the team forward until the end of the 2019 Ashes. His compatriot in the Australian camp, Darren Lehmann, too has a similar thought in mind although the former opener wants to step down after the 2019 World Cup.

England had crashed out of the pool stages in the previous edition of the World Cup held in 2015 with a shock loss to Bangladesh. The then coach, Peter Moores had to step aside as the dismal outing was followed by a drawn Test series against West Indies. However, England are a much more improved ODI side at the moment and are fourth in the ICC world rankings, tied on 114 points with Australia.

Morgan stated that the sorry show in Australia three years back had in fact helped the side work on their problems and start afresh. “It had quite a significant role, really. After that, a line was drawn in the sand and we were given clear directives that the goal was the 2019 World Cup,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Morgan as saying. “The gap between the England team in that World Cup and where we need to be in 2019, I don’t think anybody knows. But to bridge the gap between where we were at in that World Cup and, say, being in the semi-final or the final was the first port of the call. Bridging that gap came quicker that we ever thought it would (sic).”

He also thanked the English think-tank, stating that there was ample amount of backing that the side received from the backroom staff to steer them through. “We got a huge amount of confidence from the selectors. Andrew Strauss, our director of cricket, gave absolute clarity in what we wanted. I think, as a captain and backroom staff, we certainly thrived on that. It’s not often you get free rein and ambition to be as adventurous as you like,” he went on to add.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 18:18 IST