Eoin Morgan, England‘s limited-overs skipper, believes ICC Champions Trophy is much tougher than ICC World Cup. Currently ranked fifth in the ICC ODI rankings, England will fancy their chances of winning the event as they lost the summit clash in the last edition to India in 2013. Morgan, who flew to England from the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, for the jersey launch of the national side has termed the “fantastic” team spirit as a crucial factor for hosts ahead of the tournament. The Morgan-led side will take on Bangladesh in the opening clash at June 1. READ: Steven Finn wants to prove a point to England selectors
“We are taking it extremely seriously. It’s actually a lot tougher than the World Cup. Maybe in the World Cup, you can ease into it and get away with a slow start to build your momentum into the latter stages. The Champions Trophy is a different kettle of fish, it’s so ruthless. You play three group games and if you don’t succeed straight away, you’re knocked out. That’s beautiful to play in because we don’t play a lot of tri-series where you play in must-win games. It’s an aspect that we need to develop in our team and I think this is going to be a great competition to do that under pressure”, Morgan was quoted as saying by ecb.co.uk at the launch of England’s brand new New Balance kit in central London.
The 29-year-old, Morgan, added that playing under familiar conditions, an exciting brand of cricket and “fantastic” team spirit makes England a strong contender to win the marquee event for the first time since its’ inception in 1998.
Morgan also stated, “The target is to win the Champions Trophy and I think this team is ready to do that. We are getting to the stage where the team is going into every game feeling we expect to win and want to win. It sounds very simple to say, but the confidence we have built over the last couple of years has allowed us to build on performances and series wins. We are able to say we are happy to take it on. The brand of cricket we play is the way you need to play to win tournaments like the World Cup and Champions Trophy. There is no reason why we can’t.”
Morgan believes that doing well in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will keep England in good stead ahead of the next World Cup, also to be held in England. “I’m very excited. The response we have had from our supporters has been outstanding over the last two years. I think the brand of cricket we have played has been really engaging and everybody around the country has got behind us. We have felt that massively and I hope it’s no different this summer. It’s a big tournament for us, it’s something that we have strived to prepare for and hopefully we will do well to build towards the World Cup. There is a great vibe around the team, the team spirit is fantastic, particularly after the West Indies tour. It was an outstanding tour – we were successful on the field winning 3-0 and we did a lot of team bonding off it”, concluded the left-hander.