Morgan hope for England

  • Last Updated: January 18 2014, 11:39 GMT

England's century-maker Eoin Morgan should be fit for Sunday's must-win third one-day international with Australia, despite worries over a calf injury.

Eoin Morgan: Expected to shake off a calf injury in time for the third one-dayer
Eoin Morgan: Expected to shake off a calf injury in time for the third one-dayer

Morgan top-scored with 106 in Friday's dramatic one-wicket defeat in Brisbane but he twice left the MCG field for treatment on Friday and did not return after the 40th over.

The Irishman will continue to be monitored in the run-up to a potential series-decider but he is understood to have responded well to intense treatment.

Boyd Rankin is also a doubt with a hamstring strain but was he always likely to be replaced by the more experienced Stuart Broad - rested so far this series - at the SCG.

Batting coach Graham Thorpe hinted new faces could come in as the tourists balance trying to find a winning formula with testing some of their young squad before next year's World Cup in the Antipodes.

"That's what we're trying to find out," he said. "Do we need to change things for tomorrow?

"Part of this is learning about players and can they stand up in this environment and perform? That's what we have to find out on this trip, for our planning when we come back (for the World Cup).

"It's not just the immediate series, which is not lost. I think if we can stand up and actually win tomorrow's game it would be an enormous achievement and show enormous strength in the side.

"We have to demand that from the players. When you put on an England shirt that's what you have to do."

Thorpe admitted that the post-mortem would continue following a defeat brought by a stunning 57-run last-wicket stand between James Faulkner and Clint McKay, and conceded captain Alastair Cook may have got his tactics wrong.

"I think if Alastair looked at it he'd be honest about it - maybe if he re-ran it again, the last part of that game, he may do things differently," Thorpe added.

"At the same time you have to give an enormous amount of credit to Faulkner, who played fantastically well.

"The game comes again tomorrow. If we're not in the right state of mind it will be a very tough game.

"It's not the time for us to sulk and feel sorry for ourselves. We have to stand up and keep going forward."


England (from): AN Cook (capt), GS Ballance, IR Bell, RS Bopara, TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad, DR Briggs, JC Buttler (wkt), MA Carberry, CJ Jordan, EJG Morgan, WB Rankin, JE Root, BA Stokes, JC Tredwell, CR Woakes.Australia (from): MJ Clarke (capt), DA Warner, AJ Finch, SE Marsh, GJ Bailey, GJ Maxwell, BJ Haddin (wkt), JP Faulkner, NM Coulter-Nile, CJ McKay, XJ Doherty, MG Johnson, JL Pattinson, DT Christian.Umpires: R Martinesz (SL) and S Fry (Aus).


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