World Cup 2019: Kevin Pietersen’s tweet about Eoin Morgan in Australia clash will be a shot in arm for England fans
England and especially Morgan are expected to do some serious soul-searching before they take on India at Edgbaston.
Published - Jun 26, 2019 6:41 am | Updated - Jun 26, 2019 6:41 am
The Three Lions were being seen as one of the top favourites to win their maiden World Cup title in front of the home crowd this summer. Their top rank, current form and the home advantages made them look almost unbeatable. However, almost a month into the tournament, Eoin Morgan’s time seems to be running out of gas fast. They lost two consecutive matches to Sri Lanka and Australia and now have to win the remaining ones against India and New Zealand to stay afloat in the tournament.
For Eoin Morgan, life hasn’t been as fast changing as it was between June 18 and 25. It was on June 18 at Old Trafford that the left-hand batsman slammed a 71-ball 148 against Afghanistan to register one of the most dazzling knocks in the history of the World Cup. He hit 17 sixes in that one inning, seven more than his predecessor Alastair Cook had hit in his entire ODI career. England were dominant winners by 150 runs.
A week later, the same Morgan looked out of sorts and it is an ominous side for the hosts. He fell for just four when England was chasing 286 against strong Australian bowling. He lasted just six balls before edging a short one from Mitchell Starc to Pat Cummins at fine leg. And as England were reduced to 26 for 3, one observation from former England skipper was certainly enough to rattle the English fans.
“Oh no, Eoin Morgan looked scared! That Is A Horror Sign!” he said.
Oh no, Eoin Morgan looked scared!
That Is A Horror Sign!
— Kevin Pietersen???? (@KP24) June 25, 2019
England have come to depend too much on Ben Stokes
England’s much-vaunted batting line-up failed to fire as a unit in this game as well, barring the lone warrior in Ben Stokes. Like in the match against Sri Lanka, he stood between England and defeat but beauty from Starc the timber when he was on 89. That was the end for England in the game.
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt said in a tweet that the England team in World Cup 2019 is one-dimensional which refused to adapt. He said the outfit suited a certain type of surface and apart from Joe Root and Stokes, others looked the same.
England and especially Morgan are expected to do some serious soul-searching before they take on India at Edgbaston on June 30. Another slip there and the World Cup could jolly well be over for the hosts.