Broad backing for Morgan
Stuart Broad has backed struggling Eoin Morgan to come good for England in the World Twenty20 Super Eights.
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Morgan rose to the top of the International Cricket Council rankings little more than a year ago, on the back of a string of outstanding Twenty20 performances for his adopted country.
But since the 25-year-old underwent shoulder surgery last autumn, he has returned with a whimper in the sprint format.
Morgan continues to be deployed in the 'go-to' number four position, yet has made just 78 runs in his last seven completed innings.
Twenty20 captain Broad appeared taken aback when asked about Morgan's form over the past 12 months - during which the Irishman has fared significantly better in 50-over cricket.
"I thought 'Morgs' had done quite well," said Broad, today hoping his team can put behind them their record defeat against India in Colombo when they take on the Windies in the first of three Super Eight fixtures at Pallekele. "Certainly, looking back to the Australia one-dayers [last summer], I remember him winning the games.
"Every time he goes back to Middlesex, he seems to whack a hundred off 60 balls.
"We know what a dangerous player he is."
Broad is confident Morgan will come up with the goods when England need them most.
"He brings experience and calmness to our middle order; he obviously plays spin really well.
"I think this is where he will shine - he shines when he is under pressure and the team is under pressure.
"Every game from now is a 'win' game. This is where you are looking for your key men to shine, and I fully believe 'Morgs' will do that."
England's collective ability against spin is again being called into question, after they folded to 80 all out last weekend against Harbhajan Singh in Colombo.
"The spin thing has been around for as long as I have lived," said Broad.
"Every time an England team comes to the sub-continent, the spin question comes up.
"The most important thing is that the guys who take the field here have their options - and I know from training that they do - either a 'get-off-strike' option or a boundary option.
"We just didn't show it the other night.
"We put ourselves under extra pressure by losing some soft wickets in the first six overs."
Morgan is a key figure in an otherwise inexperienced middle order, and Broad believes his cool head and clean striking remain a winning combination.
"I think they go hand in hand," he said.
"He is a very calm guy.
"When he is out there, he is calm to bat with; he talks about the processes, how he is going to score his runs ... then he 'explodes'."