ENG vs IND 2018: We need improvements in our middle-order for T20Is, says Eoin Morgan 

Morgan is delighted with the way his team leveled the series in Cardiff.

Eoin Morgan (Getty)

England Captain, Eoin Morgan has come out and stated that he is happy with his side's commanding win in the second T20 International against the visiting Indian side but believes that his side needs to work on various issues and specifically pointed out the need to have a settled middle-order. 

England leveled the 3-match series, with a win at Cardiff on Friday, 6th July but like most international captains need to be, Morgan demands excellence and while the focus currently is on the World Cup at home next summer, he wants to build a side that can win the marquee event of the shortest format in Australia, 2020. 

After England's win, Morgan said, "We're two years out from a World T20, we haven't devised what our best top six is yet, We've been very flexible or as flexible as we can bar the opening partnership in the last three games. The majority of our top six want to open the batting, but it's about finding the best combination for the team in order to win the World T20 in 2020, or at least come close to compete."

Morgan is delighted with the way Alex Hales went about his game in Wales. Having arrived into the game after struggling against the Indian wrist-spin, the right-hander managed the threat substantially well and scored a matchwinning 58 to take his team home in the all-important game. 

Morgan showered praise on Hales and said, "He really did play brilliantly, He's played a lot of T20 International cricket, and he's obviously played a lot around the world - and he certainly used that tonight"

"Having the composure to play quite a mature innings, as he did. He's not known as a big hitter but anybody who watched the game at Trent Bridge will realise he hits the ball quite a long way - even yorkers. We had quite a lot of confidence in him, but it is very nice to get over the line."

Morgan also talked about his team's performance against the threat possessed by Kuldeep Yadav, who after bowling a stellar spell of 5-24 in Manchester, crucially went wicketless in Cardiff. 

He said, "Conditions were different. He's a very good bowler and he'll bowl well the majority of the time. But I thought conditions at Old Trafford suited him more than conditions today. I thought with the pace and bounce of the wicket that the seamers might have dominated a bit more. But I thought our plans were a lot clearer. We played him well."

The series decider is set to take place on Sunday, 8th June at Bristol. 

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Kashish Chadha - 07 Jul, 2018

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