Eoin Morgan ‘could QUIT as England’s white-ball captain’ amid poor form with the 35-year-old scoring just one fifty in 26 innings… as Jos Buttler emerges as his likely successor
- Eoin Morgan has made one hundred since his England side won the World Cup
- He failed to score a run across two knocks on the recent tour of the Netherlands
- The 35-year-old has transformed England’s white-ball side in his time as captain
- Jos Buttler would be the likely replacement ahead of this winter’s T20 World Cup
Eoin Morgan’s reign as England’s white-ball captain could be nearing its conclusion, according to reports last night.
Morgan, who turns 36 in September, was said by The Guardian to be considering stepping down after more than seven years in the job – a period in which he took England to their first men’s one-day World Cup title and revolutionised their approach to limited-overs batting.
After making ducks in the first two ODIs in the Netherlands last week, Morgan missed the third game with what was described as a groin strain, but recovered quickly enough to play in a corporate match at Lord’s three days later.
Eoin Morgan failed to score a run on England’s recent three-match ODI tour of the Netherlands
He has always insisted he would step down if he no longer felt he was worth his place, and is still regarded as the leader of the white-ball set-up.
But his runless trip to Amsterdam did not come out of the blue. Since the end of August 2020, he has made just one half-century in 26 innings for England across the 50-over and T20 formats.
Since the 2019 World Cup success, he has scored a solitary hundred, against his native Ireland at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl.
If confirmed, the decision to quit cannot have been made lightly: it would mean handing Jos Buttler the job with less than four months to go before the start of the T20 World Cup in Australia.
England’s white-ball team embark on a three-match T20 series against India next week, starting in Southampton.
The ECB were last night not available for comment.
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