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The aim is to captain at the 2019 World Cup: Eoin Morgan

By Rashmi Nanda -


England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed that he will never play test cricket again but his aim is to captain England during the 2019 World Cup.

After England's training session at Warner Park in St.Kitts on Friday (February 24), Morgan said, "I think Test cricket has gone for me, I don't think I'll ever play Test cricket again. Yes, I could become a white-ball specialist if that's what I wanted but it's not at the moment.”

He further added, "But I think it's important for me to strive to keep working on my game in red ball cricket to continue to work on the first 30 balls I face in a white ball game. Maybe not for T20, but for the 50-over game it is. Yes, the aim is to captain at the 2019 World Cup. That's where all the plans are going towards, what we're working towards as a side. It will be great to be a part of it."

England's Director of Cricket, Andrew Strauss want to separate captains for both the limited overs and longer format cricket to make certain the workload does not overwhelm any one person. Jos Buttler, rather than Joe Root, is Morgan's vice-captain in the limited-overs formats and it would be a shock should a change be made to the leadership of the ODI side before the next World Cup.

Morgan said on this matter, "I think it's important that I use him [Root] as much as I can and he does the same really. I suppose having him as Test captain on the side is a huge benefit to us - not just because he's a great player but a great guy to have around.”

He added, "Being captain isn't that easy a job, so coming back in and playing some white ball cricket might be a bit of a release for him going through whatever difficult series there might be in the future."

Morgan also reveals that he will fly back from the middle of IPL games to captain England in two ODIs against Ireland on May 5th and 7th before heading back to India again for the final stages of the IPL.

He stated, "The perception of things was that I'd miss a lot of the IPL but in actual fact, I only miss four days. I'll only miss two games out of the 14 which is not very much. It was a collective decision to come back [for the Ireland matches].

Morgan concluded, "I think it's important for me to come back for those two because, while we might not put out a full strength team, there are players involved who might then play in the Champions Trophy. It's a good opportunity for me to play with guys who are coming through."