‘Morgan is the perfect man’ to lead England in ODIs, says Ravi Bopara

"He's a brilliant leader, he's a great person and he's loved by everybody in the team"

“He’s a brilliant leader, he’s a great person and he’s loved by everybody in the team”

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England all-rounder Ravi Bopara believes that Eoin Morgan “is the perfect man” to lead the national team in ODIs.

Morgan recently replaced Alastair Cook as ODI captain after England’s 5-2 thrashing at the hands of Sri Lanka in the recently concluded seven-match ODI series.

“It was a tough decision for the selectors and the coach,” Bopara said. “Cookie has done a good job over the years that he has been captain. We know that he is a Test captain and he has got a pretty good one-day record – he led us to No 1 in the world at one stage.

“But naturally everything comes to an end – somebody has got to take over at some stage and I think Eoin Morgan is the perfect man for it.

“He’s good to be around when he’s leading the side – I think it gives him a bit more purpose as well. The Eoin Morgan we know hits long balls, is good against spin, can hit the ball anywhere.

“He’s not a massive kind of bossy person. He quietly goes about his business. He’s a big thinker about the game, even when he is not captain.

“He’s a free spirit; he’s just good to be around. He will have gained a lot of experience as a senior player in the Ireland side – he’s a natural at it.”

Bopara also admitted that Cook lost the ODI captaincy since he has only managed to score one half-century in his last 22 innings.

“Form plays a massive part in being selected and we know Cookie didn’t have the best of times over the last year in one-day cricket; it’s tough for him,” Bopara said. “I know him well enough to know how disappointed he’s going to be not to be going to the World Cup – it would have been a dream of his. That would have been a massive achievement for him, especially to lead our side.

“But form is the most important thing. If you are scoring runs on the park then you are down to get selected and unfortunately for him that wasn’t the case.

“It’s time to move on and think about the things that Morgan can do for us. He’s a brilliant leader, he’s a great person and he’s loved by everybody in the team.”

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