Tuesday 22 August 2017

Morgan: Criticism 'offended' my family

Morgan: “I considered all the consequences and I felt very comfortable with the decision.” Photo credit: Getty Images
Morgan: “I considered all the consequences and I felt very comfortable with the decision.” Photo credit: Getty Images

Scyld Berry

Eoin Morgan, England's returning one-day captain, has said his family were "very offended" by some of the criticism levelled at him for missing the October tour of Bangladesh, but he himself still has no regrets about doing so.

"My way of dealing with it was to get away from things, which I did," Morgan said in Mumbai at the start of England's white-ball tour of India, which will consist of three one-day internationals and three T20 internationals.

"My family saw a lot of it (the criticism) and were very offended, but that's part and parcel of being in the limelight sometimes. Certainly standing here I don't regret the decision."

Morgan, unlike any of the other players in England's one-day squad, had witnessed acts of terrorism - a bomb blast at the stadium in Bangalore and also in Dhaka while playing in Bangladesh - so his refusal to travel was based on real experience, not vague fears.

"I considered all the consequences and I felt very comfortable with the decision," Morgan added.

Morgan felt secure enough on his return to the captaincy to be full of praise for Jos Buttler, who in his absence led England to a 2-1 victory over Bangladesh in October, saying: "The proof was in the performances. He was outstanding the way senior players reacted."

As Jonny Bairstow was England's best Test batsman in 2016, and Sam Billings has thrived on the few opportunities he has been given, Morgan is alive to the fact that he has to perform himself to stay in the side as one of the four specialist batsmen. But he will be more confident for having done fairly well in Australia's Big Bash, where he scored two fifties in his five innings for the Sydney Thunder.

"Nothing is a certainty," he said. "I'd like to think that things have gone pretty well for us." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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