Eoin Morgan, being England’s limited-overs captain, seemed to be very much prepared for the dejected Australians. He feels that the Australian side would definitely try to revive the momentum in their favor hence they all are champions not to forget. He also expects considering the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, Australia would be “galvanized” when they face his team next month in their first series encounter.
With former skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner serving one-year bans for their part in the March scandal, Australia will be captained by Tim Paine and coached by Justin Langer for five ODIs and a one-off T20.
“What’s happened to them in the last six months has the potential to galvanize a young, hungry side,” Morgan told British media.
Australia had already lost the option of the batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was also banned for nine months for his supporting role in illegally roughing up the ball during the third test against South Africa in Cape Town. First choice pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are also absent through injury.
England, being the topper in the ODI rankings, doesn’t want to be overconfident against the host Australia especially considering their victory over the host Australia 4-1 in a limited-overs series in January. Hence Morgan prefers to take early precautions against taking the tourists lightly as the defending champions prepare for next year’s World Cup in England and Wales.
“I think they will, with one eye on the World Cup, they will come with a strong performance,” Morgan, who has a fractured finger but is expected to be fit for the series, added. “So we’re going to have brought our A-game to this series. And again it’s going to be a good challenge for us.” England takes on Scotland in a one-off ODI on June 10 before they face Australia three days later.