Reports in English media have stated that England’s white-ball captain Eoin Morgan will announce his retirement from international cricket soon. While many have commented on that, England’s Test team head coach Brendon McCullum has also shared his thoughts on that. While speaking, Brendon McCullum has stated that the left-hander has done a great job as a captain. However, McCullum worked closely with Eoin Morgan in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Speaking to Sky Sports, he also added that the veteran has been one of the most influential captains in international cricket as well.
Brendon McCullum stated: “Eoin Morgan is is going to go down as one of the most influential figures in world cricket for the approach he’s undertaken since taking over the England captaincy and what he did with the side. He changed the entire attitude and style of cricket that they played.”
He continued: “To have won the World Cup and to have taken those guys into a journey. Guys like Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow are absolute superstars in world cricket right now. All good things must come to an end and there’ll be a time when him and I will sit down and enjoy a nice bowl of red and reflect on what’s been quite a remarkable career for him.”
However, Eoin Morgan last played in the three-match ODI series against the Netherlands. While he got out for a duck in the first two games, he missed the final game due to a groin injury as well. On the other hand, the Ben Stokes-led England side has registered a comfortable 3-0 Test series win at home against New Zealand on Monday as well. England will next take on India in the rescheduled fifth Test from July 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
The veteran has also added that while his tenure has started positively, he believes there will be a lot of challenging periods waiting for him in the future. “The thing that was appealing to me when this job came up was that England were in a situation where they were thirsty for change. There are some similarities with the New Zealand team (of 2014) and the project here with England. It has started well but it isn’t going to be as rosy as what it currently is at the moment,” Brendon McCullum concluded.