Eoin Morgan set to return for England in third ODI against Australia

Eoin Morgan

Jos Buttler took over the captaincy duties for England’s victory at Cardiff due to Morgan suffering back spasms in the build-up but the white-ball skipper took part in training on Monday and should slot back into the team at Sam Billings’ expense.

“I’ve got to try and get my place back,” he said. “I guess now I’m in that position where I’m on the fringes and any chance I can get, it’s up to me to convert big runs and put some pressure on Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow.

Vice-captain Aaron Finch admitted that the new ranking was a fair reflection of the team’s recent performances but insisted that they remain confident of turning the series around.

“We haven’t won any series for a while,” he told reporters. “I think we’ve just been outplayed in the last little while as well. That’s been disappointing.

“You can’t argue with the win/loss ratio, the way we’ve gone recently.

“No doubt we’ve under-performed dramatically, I suppose, in the last 18 months in one-day cricket. There’s no shying away from that – you can’t hide (from it).


England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (vc), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Mark Wood

Australia: Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye.


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