Eoin Morgan supports England on the decision to exclude Harry Brook from the ODI squad for the World Cup
London Aug 27: 2019 Men’s ODI World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan has supported England’s consideration process to drop Harry Brook from the upcoming Men’s ODI World Cup squad.
On 16 August, Brook’s omission from England’s ODI squad came due to Ben Stokes’ all-rounder coming out of retirement to help England defend their World Cup title in India, which they won four years earlier on home soil, from 5 October to November. 19, which has sparked widespread controversy ever since.
Despite achieving massive success in Tests and T20Is, Brook has only played three ODIs for England, all against South Africa earlier this year. At domestic level, he last played the 50-plus game for Yorkshire in 2019, due to the competition colliding with the 100 in the previous three years.
“In really good teams that have a lot of talent, but mainly a lot of success, there are really good players that are missing. When I look at the team that has been picked, I can’t get Harry Brook into that team. You need to have Harry Brook in that team. To tailors and an extra spinner they have a cover for it but an extra mixture is needed among that, I can’t put Harry Brooke in it, which is amazing to say.”
Morgan, who retired from international cricket last year, added there was a confidence factor in leaving a star player like Brock out of the squad.
“I’m going to stress that again. In really successful teams, you have great players who miss sometimes. And that’s okay.”
“It’s for the benefit of the locker room and the understanding that there’s a huge amount of trust that’s being built with the players in the locker room, in sticking to the collective goal, and there’s no compromise on that. I don’t understand the feeling that Matthew Mott and Jos Butler are going to compromise on that.”
Morgan also urged England fans to understand that decisions such as the exclusion of Brook had to do with the ultimate goal of finding the best combination to win the ODI World Cup again.
“A lot of fans will say, ‘You know, you have to get him on the team, get him on the team!’” But really, what is the ultimate goal of the team? It’s winning the World Cup.”
“To be in a position to win the World Cup, you have to have a balanced team. You can’t pick players in the same positions because they are good players. You have to cover all areas. Because if you don’t, ‘No, on the big stage you get exposed.’ And I think the balance of the team that they’ve chosen is actually a really good balance.”
England will open their 2023 ODI Men’s World Cup campaign against New Zealand in a rematch of the 2019 final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 5. The ten-team tournament will conclude with the final match. In Ahmedabad on 19 November.
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