Should Eoin Morgan be replaced as England's limited overs captain?

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The motto 'never change a winning team' is prevalent in most sports but does it actually stand up to scrutiny? A team is exactly that - a sum of its parts.

In cricket however, the position of captain is far more integral to the success of the team than in football or rugby for example.

The captain of a cricket side is responsible for making hundreds of key decisions over the course of a match, much more than just rallying his troops and making sure they're 'up for it'.


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Eoin Morgan can be credited with much of England's upturn in fortunes in the shorter formats of the game since taking over from Alistair Cook as skipper in December 2014.

What the question the ECB must ask themselves now, with one eye of the ICC Champions Trophy next year, is; has their most recent success come because of Morgan or in spite of him?

The Dublin-born batsman has been out of form with the bat for almost 12 months and showed no signs of an upturn during the World T20 in India, where he averaged a measly 13.2 runs per innings.

However, he did successfully navigate his side to the competition's final, although not without undue criticism for some of his rather questionable bowling changes at vital times.

It may seem overly harsh to even consider dropping a player who appears, in conjunction with coach Trevor Bayliss, to have instilled a new impetus into a nation so badly lacking any in one day cricket.

But relative success should be dwelt upon and England's progress must not be allowed to stagnate due to unnecessary loyalty to a particular player.

Morgan will be given the upcoming series against Sri Lanka to at least prove he can still make runs as captain. If he struggles once again his days could be numbered.

It should however also be noted that his calm, measured personality and dexterous handling of the press are admirable traits in an England captain.

These facets have certainly helped bring the best out of the young players at his disposal. All-round talent Ben Stokes, future legend Joe Root and Moeen Ali have all flourished under Morgan's watch.

So if captain Morgan has another disastrous series with the bat when Sri Lanka tour the UK in June and July, who would be the ECB's candidates to replace him?

The unfathomably gifted Joe Root, currently world number two test and number four T20 batsman, would certainly be one of the favourites for the role.

The 25-year-old has previously captained the England Lions and was last year named vice-captain of the test side by director of cricket Andrew Strauss.

It would still be a something of risky decision and may have a detrimental impact on his outstanding form with the bat.

Sadly due to his retirement from the game this week due to a heart condition, James Taylor is no longer an option. Destructive wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler, currently representing the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, could be considered.

England have come a long way since being humiliated at the 2014 World T20 where they conspired to lose to the Netherlands. Realistically Morgan still has the full support of the ECB and rightfully so.

It would be a surprise if he wasn't leading his troops into battle when the ICC Champions Trophy gets underway in England and Wales in June next year. But then again a year is very a long time in international cricket.

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