Cricket News: Should Eoin Morgan be dropped? Jason Roy backs England skipper | Jason Roy backs under-fire captain Eoin Morgan after 2 ducks vs Netherlands
Jason Roy has backed Eoin Morgan to regain his form in One-Day Internationals (ODI) as the English white-ball skipper was dismissed for yet another duck in their encounter against Netherlands at Amstelveen.
Roy marked his 100th ODI cap with a fine 60-ball 73 to help England seal a series victory ahead of their final game on Wednesday. However, Morgan’s struggles with the bat continued as the southpaw ate up seven deliveries to get out for a nought by Tom Cooper. He had similarly been sent off for a golden duck by Pietar Seelaar in England’s record-breaking innings of 498 runs in the first ODI last week.
“He’s just one knock away” – Jason Roy
Morgan has been battling a run of poor form lately as his last half-century in any format of the game was way back in July 2021, BBC reports. This has raised concerns over his inclusion in the ODI setup given that England boasts of one of the most prominent bench-strengths in limited-overs cricket.
However, Roy has put his weight behind the World Cup-winning skipper as calls over his ouster get louder with every passing game.
“He’s just a knock away from everyone being all over him again. That’s just the fickle nature of sport. We won the game so [Morgan] puts [the duck] to bed straight away. As soon as the result’s there, he’s happy,” the swashbuckling opener was quoted in a report by the aforementioned publication.
Meanwhile, Roy was handed his special 100th cap by all-rounder Moeen Ali. The 31-year-old Surrey star took this opportunity to reflect upon the meaningful culture embedded in the setup. He acknowledged that players are judged beyond merely their cricketing capabilities as the opener seemingly tried to applaud Morgan’s contribution in the same.
“He’s (Moeen) the perfect guy to give it to you. You’re not judged by your cricket in this group, you’re judged as a person and the energy you bring, how hard you work. If he went on [speaking] for a minute longer, there might have been a tear or two,” Roy explained.
“He’s just a knock away from everyone being all over him again. That’s just the fickle nature of sport. We won the game so [Morgan] puts [the duck] to bed straight away. As soon as the result’s there, he’s happy,”
Fans call for Morgan to be dropped from England’s setup
To be fair, Morgan has struck 353 runs in 15 ODIs after World Cup 2019. However, he has arguably looked extremely out of sorts with the bat in the previous year. His terrific captaincy has kept his fortunes afloat but Jos Buttler’s peerless form recently has increased speculation over the wicketkeeper-batsman assuming leadership responsibilities in white-ball cricket.
Let us take a look at certain reactions on Twitter over Morgan’s continuity in the squad regardless of his poor form.
Notably, some reactions look to be viciously harsh against England’s only ODI World Cup-winning skipper. However, Morgan will be hoping to get back into some touch with the bat as England gears to face the likes of India and South Africa in limited-overs assignments in the coming months.