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England batsman James Taylor has announced that the entire team is “looking forward to playing under” newly appointed ODI captain Eoin Morgan.
Morgan replaced Alastair Cook as ODI captain following England’s disastrous tour of Sri Lanka, where they were thrashed 5-2 in the seven-match ODI series.
“It’s an exciting time for England under Morgs, it’s a new era,” Taylor said. “We’re all looking forward to playing under him. I know the kind of guy he is, he’s a strong guy and I’m sure he’ll be a strong leader too.
“He’ll be very similar to the way he bats: exciting and aggressive. I have played under him in a couple of ODIs against Ireland and he’s a great captain.”
Taylor also noted that the national team cannot afford to feel sorry for Cook.
“It was a tough call but we’ve got to move on,” he said. “It’s something we can’t dwell on too much. You’re judged on performances and that’s what happened in the end with Alastair.
“Ultimately we’re all judged on performances and winning games and that’s what we’re aiming to do.
“We’re looking to get a bit of rhythm and form in the Tri-Series then in the World Cup who knows what we could do?”
With the World Cup set to begin in just over a month, Taylor stated that he is open to batting anywhere.
“Hopefully it does open up a spot for me to play but it’s up to me to take the opportunity if it does appear,” he said. “I don’t know where I’ll be batting in the side, I’m just looking to get in the team. If it’s in the middle order or at number three I’m not really fussed as long as I’m playing.
“I had a brief little taster in Sri Lanka and hopefully I can go one step further to cementing my spot in Australia.”