Michael Vaughan has made a potentially controversial statement regarding the ‘balance of power’ between white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan and Test skipper Joe Root in the English cricket system. Vaughan feels Ireland-born Morgan gets to pick the team of his choice even if it comes at the expense of the Test side.
The former England skipper’s comments come in the backdrop of a raging debate over the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) controversial workload management or the “rotation policy”.
Under the new policy, several first-choice players missed different games of the recently-concluded Test series against India, which England lost 3-1. Meanwhile, in the upcoming white-ball fixtures, the reigning ICC World Cup holders will line up with a full-strength squad.
Vaughan, in his column for the Telegraph, wrote that Eoin Morgan had ‘his wish’ to play the best team in all T20 games throughout the year. He added that Morgan’s status as a World Cup-winning captain makes him ‘bombproof’ and pre-eminent.
“It is very clear where the leadership power lies in English cricket – it is with Eoin Morgan and not Joe Root. I am pretty sure that Morgan went to the selectors and Ashley Giles and said he wanted his best team at all times this year in T20, so he could build for the World Cup in India in October. He had his wish,” he said.
“I understand rotation. Nobody argues against the fact players need breaks from Covid bubbles but the frustration for me as a lover of the game’s longest format is why has our Test team been weakened this winter, yet the Twenty20 side is at full strength,” he added.
“When you win a World Cup as captain, you are bombproof. I experienced it when I won the Ashes. Do you think Ed Smith is going to say ‘no’ to Morgan? No chance,” Vaughan further stated.
England have a jam-packed schedule this year, After the long tour of India and the IPL, they will entertain India and New Zealand in the Test series in the summer. After that, they will return to India for the T20I WC before travelling Down Under at the end of the year to regain the Ashes from Australia.
Michael Vaughan also talked about the possible repercussions of this ‘balance of power’, saying that Eoin Morgan’s impulses over Joe Root will lead to the weakening of the Test team.