Eoin Morgan eyeing up success at next year's World Cup


England’s one-day side looked a million miles away from winning the World Cup in Australia in 2015, yet a remarkable U-turn in performances over the past three years, have seen Eoin Morgan’s side installed as favourites for the next year's tournament on home soil.

"We had an awful time and we got hammered by a lot of good strong teams. It took us back quite a bit," Morgan said in an interview with The Metro.

"It is gut-wrenching when you get knocked out and humiliating in a way because we were a better side than the way we performed."

However those performances at the World Cup, led to a complete overall of England’s philosophy in the one day format, highlighted particularly by a much more aggressive approach to batting.

In the last 63 ODIs they have come out on top no less than 41 times, scoring over 300 runs in many of those matches and even plundering over 400 on two separate occasions. Something which would have been unthinkable prior to 2015.

Morgan is also keen to point out the influential roles played by Trevor Bayliss as coach and Andrew Strauss as director of cricket over this period

Having a side packed with power hitters such as Stokes, Butler and Hales also helps.

Morgan has also revealed that the team will treat this summer's match-ups against Scotland, Australia and India like a tournament to help prepare them for next year.

New Zealand v England - 1st ODI

"Trying to replicate tournament mentality in bilingual series, which we predominately play can be difficult,” he added.

"Creating a consistent level of performance on a daily basis regardless of how you wake up and feel and where your game is at, you can bring to a bilateral series and that is going to be important for us this summer."

However, despite the positive mood within the one-day team, Morgan is mindful that tournament cricket very rarely goes to plan, and last summer’s Champions Trophy is a prime example of that.

England v Pakistan - ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final

After easing through the group stages, England were humbled in the semi-final in Cardiff by an unfancied Pakistan side.

"We didn’t come anywhere close that day"’ Morgan reflects. "We played on a pitch which was a little bit alien to us, on a used pitch at Cardiff, and we didn’t produce our best skills.

"We almost went the other way and were quite stubborn with how we went about it. It was an important learning curve."

Morgan and co. will be hoping history doesn’t repeat itself when the pressure is on in 12 months time.

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