Morgan: ‘The aim is to captain at the 2019 World Cup’

Morgan has made his intentions clear in regards to his future as limited overs captain

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Limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan has expressed his desire to captain England in the 2019 World Cup.

Morgan led England at the 2015 World Cup, but left the tournament, which was held in Australia and New Zealand, embarrassed and humiliated as his side failed to reach the quarter-finals following a shock loss to Bangladesh.

Morgan added that he has acknowledged the fact that his Test career is most likely over. With that in mind, he is focusing his attention on limited overs cricket, especially as the Champions Trophy will be held in England in June.

“Yes, I probably could become a white-ball specialist if that’s what I wanted. But it’s not, not at the moment,” he said. “It might be down the line, but it’s certainly not now. I think Test cricket has gone for me. I don’t think I’ll ever play Test cricket again.

“But I think it’s important for me to strive to keep working on my game in red-ball cricket, to continue to work on the first 30 balls I face in a white-ball game. Maybe not for T20, but for the 50-over game it is.

“While that desire is still there, the idea in my mind that I need to keep working on the red-ball game, I’ll stick with it. And yes, the aim is to captain at the 2019 World Cup. That’s where all the plans are going towards, what we’re working towards as a side. It will be great to be a part of it.”

England are currently in the West Indies for a short three-match ODI series, where it is believed that opening batsman Alex Hales could make his return from a broken hand.

But, Morgan hinted that Hales is unlikely to play any of the games as he has not sufficiently recovered.

“He will go back and play some county cricket after this, and we want the team together as much as possible,” Morgan said.

Meanwhile, Morgan revealed that he has plans to return to India to continue competing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) once the two-match ODI series against Ireland concludes.

Morgan, who will be representing the Kings XI Punjab, is one of the few England players that will have to head back home before May 4 as the ODIs against Ireland will be held on May 5 and 7.

After the series, Morgan will travel back to India for two more IPL games on May 9 and May 11 before returning to England for a training camp that starts on May 14.

It is also understood that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are considering letting Jason Roy and Sam Billings play in the IPL after the Ireland series.

“I was pleasantly surprised to hear I’d been picked-up in the IPL auction,” Morgan said. “I wasn’t expecting to be picked up so it was good news. The perception of things was that I’d miss a lot of the IPL but in actual fact I only miss four days. I’ll only miss two games out of the 14 which is not very much.

“It was a collective decision to come back. I think it’s important for me to come back for those two because, while we might not put out a full-strength team, there are players involved who might then play in the Champions Trophy. It’s a good opportunity for me to play with guys who are coming through.”

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