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Eoin Morgan

Morgan to take call on international future after T20 World Cup

Eoin Morgan, England’s limited-overs captain, said that he’ll push himself to play in next year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia as he doesn’t want to let the team down by retiring less than a year from the flagship T20I event.

Morgan’s future was up in the air after he led England to their maiden title in the 50-over World Cup in July, but the 33-year-old sees more special things in store for his team, as they build towards clinching their second white-ball global trophy in two years.

"I won't say I'll be finished after the next World Cup, as I'd be afraid I'll only creep over the line and maybe fall off," Morgan said. "I don't want to let anyone down. I want to drive through the World Cup in Australia and then make a call after that.

"We have a special group of players at the moment. I feel very lucky to lead that group, and I think we can do something even more special down the line."

England are already working towards that objective by infusing youth into their squad for the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand, the team they bested on boundary count in the tied CWC19 final. Pat Brown, the 21-year-old Worcestershire pacer, and Test sensation Sam Curran have already been slated in for debuts in the series-opener in Christchurch.

Those are in addition to numerous fringe players waiting on the bench. Morgan acknowledged that the probability of all of them making the squad for the World Cup is slim, but did assure that they would all be given chances in the lead-up to the tournament, if only to earmark them as prospects for the 2021 edition, to be held in India.

"We have a special group of players at the moment. I feel very lucky to lead that group, and I think we can do something even more special down the line."

Eoin Morgan

"We'll pick teams that we feel are good enough to win the games, but also we need to look at these guys," he said. "There's no use selecting them and then not picking them in the XI. We'll see that in the series. The majority of the guys will definitely get games and exposure to find more out about them.

"There aren't a lot of places up for grabs in our best eleven, and probably our final 15, for 12 months down the line [at the T20 World Cup].

"But we're not only building for 12 months down the line, but the following World Cup as well. I think we're in a reasonably strong position. We'll look to build our best eleven and 15 for every series leading in, to fine-tune roles and have absolute clarity in what we're trying to do as a team."

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