Alastair Cook was sacked as England One Day captain because of his poor form.
The logic was that the team couldn’t be playing in the World Cup under somebody who himself was not confident about his game.
But, in that case, the charge should have been given to a player who had been having great run in all forms of the game in the recent past and going that way, the obvious candidate was Joe Root.
But, the English selectors agreed on putting the onus on Eoin Morgan who was perhaps in worse form than Cook.
It looked a very wise decision first up when Morgan slammed a hundred in his very first game as permanent captain. But, ever since, he has been struggling to even open his account.
Yes, in the last 4 matches that the English captain has batted in, he has been dismissed on duck in three of them and awaiting him on Saturday is a much anticipated World Cup game against the host nation Australia.
Knowing Aussies the way they are, they would be right into the ears of Morgan the moment he steps onto the Melbourne Cricket Ground with a bat in his hand.
In that sort of scenario, the Middlesex man can’t be expected to lead the English side with complete authority.
But, the Cricket gods have never been unfair to anyone. The tides definitely turn around if you hang in there for long enough and that’s what Morgan has to do at the moment. Just hang in there.
The expectations are not there anyway. Nobody would be surprised if Australia beats England on 14th. So, there is not much to lose. Morgan needs to relax.
At times as skipper, you tend to overdo things and that affects your own game too.