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Sunday 17 December 2017

MOORES: EOIN WILL DELIVER

England coach in defence of skipper

England coach Peter Moores has denied that Eoin Morgan's captaincy is being undermined by his chronic lack of runs.

Morgan's first tour in charge of the one-day team has quickly turned sour, having started it with a century against Australia, as he has managed just two runs in five innings since.

The left-hander made his third successive duck against Australia as his side plunged to a 111-run defeat to open their World Cup campaign, and already alarm bells are starting to ring.

"No, it doesn't undermine him at all," Moores said of Morgan's shortage of runs.

"Eoin isn't a bloke who is going to hide from this: he knows he's got to perform, he knows that's his role.

TOUGH TIME

"He's been through periods like this before where it hasn't worked and come out the other side.

"In some ways it's strange he's had a tough time against Australia as it's a side he's done very well against in the past. In the last series he was the stand-out batsman."

Morgan has barely been in the job for two months after he was brought in to replace Alastair Cook following his lean pre-Christmas tour of Sri Lanka.

The 28-year-old's problems mean that England find themselves back in a position where runs from their leader is again a central issue of debate.

Moores believes this situation is different to matters in Sri Lanka, however, saying: "There's one difference. For Alastair it (a lack of runs) was over time. For Eoin, you're going back less than a month since he scored a brilliant hundred at Sydney.

"The way that was constructed was a quality one-day innings and showed all the best sides of Eoin Morgan. It had brute power, placement of the ball and pacing of an innings.

"The fact that he has got out so early on so many occasions is really frustrating as he hasn't managed to establish himself at the crease and get going.

"The aim is to get in and allow himself to play. He's got to keep it simple - which he will, it's one of his strengths - get ready to play against New Zealand."

England flew out of Australia yesterday - which might offer Morgan some relief - and arrived in Wellington ahead of their second Group A game against New Zealand on Friday.

They will have the best part of a week to bounce back.

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