WELLINGTON – England captain Eoin Morgan said on Wednesday he was aiming to end a run of poor form with a match-winning performance when his side face New Zealand in their next World Cup game.
The 28-year-old left hander is battling to overcome a wretched run of form after getting out for 0, 2, 0, 0, 0 in his last five innings a desperate sequence for a top-order batsman.
Morgan is considered to be a most reliable middle order batsman of England team after the retirement of Paul Collingwood. But from last few games Morgan is unable to give impressive performance for his team. In World Cup he is key player for his side.
Now England will hope Morgan fires in their second Pool A game against the Black Caps in Wellington on Friday, after he failed to score in the 111-run defeat by Australia, the other tournament co-hosts, in Melbourne.
Morgan, asked for the reason behind his recent meagre return, told reporters on Wednesday: “I’d love you to explain it to me because I don’t understand it.
“Personally I try and keep it as simple as possible. You don’t look any further than what is in front of you and I’ve done that and it hasn’t worked.
“But I believe it will work and when it does, hopefully, I can cash in on it and hopefully make it either a match-winning performance or build on somebody else’s performance.”
Former Ireland international Morgan attributed his personal slump to a combination of bad luck and bad form.
“A bit of both,” he said. “I’ve certainly done the same things that I’ve been doing since the start of the tour and I started the tour with a hundred.
“That’s only five games ago. It’s not that long ago,” added Morgan of his 121 against Australia at Sydney in the tri-series which preceded the World Cup.
“I’ve had a few low scores. Reflecting on my dismissal the other day I was unlucky. Looking forward to Friday, I’ve worked as hard as I’ve been working, and I’ll continue to keep things simple.”
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