Eoin Morgan names England’s possible game changer for the World Cup
England are one of the favourites to lift the World Cup next year.
Updated - Oct 15, 2018 8:24 pm
England are currently busy playing the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in the island nation. They are leading by 1-0 after two matches as the series opener was washed out. Even the second game wasn’t completed and the Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) method determined the winner. Though England deserved to win and the captain Eoin Morgan is delighted with the latest fast bowling prospect Olly Stone.
Stone couldn’t bowl in the first match thanks to the rain intervention but he didn’t disappoint in the next. The youngster bowls with sheer pace and troubled the Sri Lankan top-order with it. Niroshan Dickwella turned out to be his maiden ODI wicket who was dismissed with a well-directed bouncer. Stone’s figures with the new ball read 1/23 after sending down fierce six overs at the opposition.
He impressed many with his skills and none other than captain Morgan is ecstatic who believes that the fast bowler has the potential to become the game-changer in the World Cup.
Olly could be one of those guys
Eoin Morgan pointed out how difficult it was for them to find a similar bowler Liam Plunkett who bowls with pace. He was also delighted with the fact that Olly Stone was able to take the new ball and hoped that he could be one of the game-changers for England in the upcoming World Cup.
“He’s (Plunkett) been phenomenal for us for the last few years and he went down in Australia and we found it very difficult to get a bowler with the same attributes – to bowl quick and change the pace of the game at any stage of the 50 overs. There were signs today suggest Olly could be one of those guys. Even taking the new ball gives him a new string to his bow. Liam doesn’t really do that. I don’t think you can disregard Olly from the World Cup based on today,” Morgan was quoted as saying by News 18.
Morgan also hoped that they continue to play in the same vein and carry the momentum in the build-up to the World Cup. The third ODI between England and Sri Lanka will be played on Wednesday.