The stand-in ODI skipper of England, Eoin Morgan, has not confirmed who is going to open the batting for the Poms in the opening match of the ODI series against Australia tomorrow.
Both the regular English openers, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, have been rested for this series.
In the press conference earlier today, when Morgan was asked if it’s Kevin Pietersen who will be one of the openers for England in tomorrow’s game, Morgan said, “Kev has batted at the top of the order for us in the past and has played some good innings. But, his value in the middle order is immense too. So, we will have to think where we should slot him.”
“Opening is a difficult thing to do these days in One day cricket. There are new balls from both the ends and you need to be technically sound to survive” he told 3 Strikes Bet website.
“Alastair and Ian have done superbly well opening the batting for us in the last one and half years. It’s obviously very difficult to fill in their shoes. I just hope whoever gets the opportunity tomorrow plays well.”
“It’s really nice to be the captain of this young team. There are some highly promising guys in the squad and they are getting rewarded for the effort that they have put in over the years playing domestic cricket. It’s something which makes me happy.”
Quite a few uncapped players have been included in the England squad for the ODIs against Ireland and Australia. Three of them made their debut the other day against Ireland and the 4th one i.e. Chris Jordan who is a medium pacer from Sussex is expected to be handed his first ODI cap against the Kangaroos tomorrow.
Jordan’s List A record is quite impressive. He has taken 41 wickets in 27 List A matches at an average of 23.82.