Morgan's future depends on his drive and desire, says Strauss

By Sports Desk July 16, 2019

Andrew Strauss believes Eoin Morgan will need to take time to consider his future as England's one-day captain in the wake of their Cricket World Cup triumph.

Having been appointed as skipper shortly before a shambolic 2015 World Cup for England, Morgan has overseen a stunning turnaround in fortunes that culminated with Sunday's dramatic final victory over New Zealand at Lord's.

A day on from that win, outgoing head coach Trevor Bayliss backed the middle-order batsman to lead the team in next year's ICC T20 World Cup, which will take place in Australia.

Former England captain Strauss feels much will depend on whether Morgan - an ex-team-mate of his at Middlesex, as well as at international level - has the motivation to continue after achieving his primary goal.

Strauss, who also served as managing director of England Cricket before stepping down in 2018, told Sky Sports: "There is no doubt that if he wants to carry on then he will have incredible support from his team-mates, from the ECB and from the nation.

"All he needs to do is reflect and think about what's next for him and what's his motivation and drive and desire.

"If he has got that motivation then 100 per cent carry on but if he hasn't then pause for thought, because the only reason that we won the World Cup is because he was so committed to what happened on Sunday. If that commitment is not there then it is a time for him to think."

Related items

  • Klopp happy with England's handling of Gomez-Sterling bust up Klopp happy with England's handling of Gomez-Sterling bust up

    Jurgen Klopp has no problem with how England manager Gareth Southgate chose to handle the incident between Joe Gomez and Raheem Sterling.

    Gomez and ex-Liverpool star Sterling were involved in a scuffle at St George's Park on November 11, the day after the pair clashed in the Reds' 3-1 win over Manchester City.

    Southgate dropped Sterling for England's 7-0 win over Montenegro, a match in which Joe Gomez came on and was booed by certain sections of the crowd.

    Sterling returned in the 4-0 victory over Kosovo as England wrapped up their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, though Gomez - who has insisted the matter has been fully put to bed - missed out with a knee injury.

    Klopp expects Gomez to be able to play against Crystal Palace on Saturday if required, and the Liverpool boss is satisfied with how Southgate dealt with the situation.

    "Gomez is better than good, everything is fine," Klopp told a news conference on Friday.

    "If people are not sensible with it, it gets made bigger than it is and we speak about it for five weeks. The people involved are fine.

    "Things like this happen in a football environment. It's a big challenge to ask the boys to give everything against each other and then the next day ask them to play together.

    "There is nothing more to say about it. Gareth and the English FA dealt with it like I think it was right, I cannot judge because I was not in the situation. Joe is absolutely okay, nothing else to say about it really."

    Liverpool's triumph over City at Anfield sent the Reds nine points clear of the defending champions with 12 games played.

  • Blundell on standby to replace Nicholls for New Zealand after batsman takes Archer blow Blundell on standby to replace Nicholls for New Zealand after batsman takes Archer blow

    Tom Blundell is on standby to replace Henry Nicholls against England if the New Zealand batsman is ruled out of the remainder of the first Test.

    Nicholls was struck on the helmet by a bouncer from England paceman Jofra Archer in the penultimate over on day two at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

    The 28-year-old was able to remain at the crease and was unbeaten on 26 at stumps, with the Black Caps 144-4 in reply to the tourists' 353 all out.

    Nicholls will undergo concussion tests and Blundell will replace him if he is unable to continue.

    New Zealand paceman Tim Southee said: "He's a pretty tough character so he'll rest up tonight, a couple of Panadol and be back out there.

    "He'll be assessed later on tonight and again in the morning, that's the protocol.

    "He's shaping up all right at the moment so fingers crossed he'll be right."

    Sam Curran took the big scalp of Kane Williamson for 51 after also removing Tom Latham.

    Ben Stokes earlier top-scored with 91 for England, with Southee taking 4-86 in an opening match of the series that is nicely poised.

  • Centurion Warner insists Ashes failure wasn't about pressure Centurion Warner insists Ashes failure wasn't about pressure

    David Warner insists pressure was never an issue for him despite admitting the Ashes had been a "failure".

    The often explosive batsman showed his talent on the second day of Australia's first Test with Pakistan, closing on 151 not out as the hosts reached 312-1 to lead by 72 runs at the Gabba. 

    It was a remarkable knock from a man who managed just 95 runs in the Test series against England, where Stuart Broad proved his nemesis. 

    But even in the wake of that torrid time, Warner claims he never lost faith in his own ability. 

    "I don't feel under pressure at all," he said after posting his 22nd Test century. "For me it's about going out there and backing my ability. 

    "If you get selected or don't get selected you've got to accept that. The Ashes for me was a failure but I know what I'm capable of doing.

    "I was on the end of a great series by a very good bowler. There was nothing more I could do. I wasn't out of form, I was out of runs. 

    "Today I had a little bit of luck. That's what you need in the game. Over there I didn't have much luck at all."

    Warner endured some tough treatment in England, and not just from Broad, as the home fans were not shy in reminding him of his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.

    That indiscretion led to a 12-month ban from the sport and Warner used that time to remind himself what matters most.

    "To have that time off and the time to reflect, and just get away from the game ... there is a lot more to life than just cricket," he said.

    "I really just loved the time I spent home with my family. You don't get that when you're travelling all the time. I really enjoyed that time off.

    "Obviously I'm back now and I've got to keep working hard and keep being respectful of the game because it can bite you on the backside very fast."

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.