England limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan brushed aside suggestions that the 0-4 Test series defeat, in which nine of his team members took part, would have any effect on how they will play in the limited overs versions. “They are very motivated. In India, regardless which format has been played first, the side generally improves and since this side has been together there has been no backlash or no repercussions from any performance. I don’t expect it to have any effect,” he emphasised. “Before we played together as a group two years ago there was always nervous anticipation about what to come. I have been surprised at the level of skills and consistency we have shown between now and then. I am impressed.”
Speaking of England’s improvement as a limited-overs outfit over the years, Morgan added, “We have grown and learnt and also got a small bit of success.” He got upset when asked whether he considered himself as a certainty for the Champions Trophy. “Nothing is a certainty, absolutely nothing. I think things have gone pretty well for us. Over a small period of time we have had a little bit of success. We have a fantastic group of players, very talented and very driven, and they want to do well,” he answered curtly.
Morgan also dismissed a notion that he regretted not having gone to Bangladesh recently because of security concerns.
He also informed that key batsman Joe Root, who has not travelled with the team for personal reasons, will be available for selection for the first ODI at Pune.
They (Root and his wife) have had a baby and he should be here and ready for selection for the first ODI,” said the England skipper.
Root is expected to arrive here on January 12 before travelling with the team to Pune the next day.