Eoin Morgan: Players have to take rare chances to impress for T20 World Cup

Eoin Morgan says England’s players will have to maximise their limited chances to prepare for the Twenty20 World Cup, scheduled for later this year in Australia.

The England and Wales Cricket Board last month extended the suspension of the professional game in the country until July 1 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Cricket authorities said at the end of April that they were still planning for the World Cup in October, although Cricket Australia has conceded the entire international schedule is in doubt due to the virus.

Morgan concedes there are doubts about Australia’s limited-overs tour of England in July, but believes his team’s three one-day internationals against Ireland in September could be converted into T20s to help them prepare for the World Cup.

“For the last month, everybody has struggled to get a sense of what’s possible and what might or might not happen,” Morgan said.

“We may have to make do. If Tests were going on, there would be ways and means we could have meaningful practice games in and around those Ireland games in a similar environment.

“We could have proper opposition and maybe use the England Lions there too to make it as highly competitive as possible.”

Morgan said reduced game time in the shortest format ahead of the World Cup was not ideal.

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