Eoin Morgan on Monday said Jofra Archer has proved his worth in a very short time but the best is yet to come. Archer was rewarded with a central contract for Test and white-ball cricket by the ECB for his stunning performances in the World Cup and the Ashes. Morgan praised Jofra Archer, saying he managed to overcome every obstacle that was thrown on him on his way to becoming a cricketer.
“I think it is fantastic. Jofra is very exciting to watch and he bowls fast and has an X-factor. He can bowl in any format of the game and any circumstances and to any plan,” Morgan said. “Every obstacle that is being put in front of him, he overcame that. We haven’t seen the best of him, he still wants to learn all the time.”
Jofra Archer was England’s leading wicket-taker in the World Cup. He took 22 wickets at an average of 20.27 in the Ashes. Morgan also praised Ben Stokes for his performance.
“Who would have thought after the World Cup final performance that took absolutely everything that he could come up with, on his own we would win a game (third Ashes Test) at Headingley. The innings exposed every attribute that you need to be a Test match batsman. It was exceptional,” he said.
Morgan also said that England have set their goal for next year’s World Twenty20 in Australia.
“We have 18 T20 International games from between now and then and we will try to build a squad that can potentially win that tournament (World T20),” Morgan told. “Realistically we do (stand a chance of winning). We came to India in 2016 and made it to the final. We had a similar squad during the World Cup in England this year. If we can build our momentum and gel together as a side, it will give us the best chance.”
However, Morgan answered in the affirmative when he was asked if they are trying to win the T20 World Cup next year.
“It will be very similar because we have some exceptional T20 players and we will try to get them in the best possible position in our team and need to find out how it looks like,” he said. “Over the last two years in particular, we have always seen T20 cricket as an opportunity to give young guys a game simply because our main focus has been the 50-over World Cup.”
“Our strategy will change in the new year towards the (T20) World Cup. It is been long summer for some of us and some need rest. I think, in the immediate future, we might experiment a little bit. But next year, we will definitely be working towards building a strong team,” he concluded.