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Morgan to captain England ODI team
19 Dec 2014 19:07
Irish batsman Eoin Morgan has replaced Alastair Cook as England one-day captain ahead of next year's World Cup.
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The Dubliner has racked up over a century of appearances for England since switching allegiances in 2009.
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There is an unmissable snag, however, in that the left-hander’s batting form - since a purple patch in Australia last winter - has dipped markedly.
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Morgan has actually fared even worse with the bat in 2014 than Cook, averaging 25.45. But the Middlesex left-hander has an impressive record in the eight one-day matches in which he has captained England, piling up 427 runs at an average of 71.16
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However, a powerful combination of wretched results, even worse individual form and Cook's vociferous and influential chorus of critics made it increasingly difficult for England's selectors to stick to their guns.
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In fact, 29-year-old Cook has made just one one-day international 50 in his last 22 innings.
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Less than a week ago, England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton was still saying he would be "very surprised" if - despite his "miserable" form - Cook was not confirmed as captain on Saturday morning.
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Another failure, and defeat, followed to make the margin of England's series setback in Sri Lanka 5-2.
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The selectors deliberated at length in September before naming him as captain in Sri Lanka.
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However, Cook conceded after his latest defeat that he could have "no complaints" if he was moved on.
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