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International Cricket - Cricket: Ian Bell on Eoin Morgan's retirement

Eoin Morgan has announced his departure from England’s white ball side, after 198 games as captain, during which time, he guided England’s to the 2019 World Cup. Ian Bell gives us his thoughts on his career, his legacy, and the impact he’s left on English cricket.

It’s quite incredible, the journey that Eoin had – as a player, never mind as a captain – in ODI cricket.

Firstly when he came into that T20 team and started playing for England, we started seeing the shots then, the reverse sweeps, the ramp shots, the reverse ramps, which are very normal in today’s cricket, and he was one of the first people to really play and master those kind of strokes, to go with some power of hitting sixes as well and batting in that important middle to lower order

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He was someone who you saw have a lot of calmness around his body language and everything about the game which I think really helped, certainly when he became captain for England, and then he went onto become a World Cup-winning captain and really transformed what we’re seeing in the white ball team now.

We’re very much seeing two separate sides now. Obviously you get the best players who can float between both formats, but  the emphasis is on the white ball team being serviced to exactly the same level as the Test match side, which probably wasn’t always the case in years gone by.

The Test team were very much looked after and the white ball team were very much an afterthought, whereas now I think they get equal amounts of attention, and he was a major part of that and the construction of a side that plays really destructive cricket on good surfaces.

He’ll always be remembered as a very calm and very good tactical captain and a great leader, and to bring home the 50-over World Cup is justification of how good he’s been, and I’m sure he’ll be successful in whatever he chooses to do after, but he leaves an incredible legacy in white ball cricket and the transformation of what we see in modern day cricket, and there are still a lot of teams around the world who  are trying to catch England up which says a lot, and it’s a good place to leave this England team.

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