England’s white-ball captain Eoin Morgan is having a hard time with the bat. The 35-year-old registered two ducks against a weak Dutch side. Morgan scored a 50-plus score just once in his previous 48 innings. He was one of the players, who captained KKR to the final but went unsold in IPL 2022 due to his poor batting display.
Not just that, the World cup winning captain is battling fitness issues. Earlier this year, he injured himself during the West Indies tour, where he missed the two crucial T20Is. Then, before the Netherlands tour, he sustained a groin injury playing against Glamorgan in the T20 Blast.
And his latest injury came against the Dutch when he pulled up his groin and missed the 3rd and final ODI.
Morgan has received a lot of flak for his failures in recent times. However, Test captain Ben Stokes has come to his defence.
Stokes believes a player is allowed to go through a rough patch, and the English team supports their captain and backs him to continue in his role. He instead blamed the media for being harsh on him and being the biggest villain of his life.
In a conversation with BCC, he said, “I think the press is the only one giving him a hard time, and I think the players have shown it’s not an issue with them. He’s only had two low scores, so I wouldn’t say he’s going through a hard time now. People are allowed not to score many runs, and more than that, he’s our captain. He’s a phenomenal leader and always will be, so I’ve got no issues with anything going on with him now.”
Jos Buttler, who acted as a stand-in captain in Morgan’s absence, said, “There’s certainly no questioning of his position from within the camp. I can’t put into words what he’s achieved. Everyone always talks about his captaincy, but you forget what a brilliant batsman he’s been for England in more than 200 ODIs. That doesn’t just go away overnight. Everyone on the team is backing him. I’m disappointed Morgs has to miss out, but it’s a good challenge and an honour to captain the team.”