Eoin Morgan, sparked a controversy after he defended his team over receiving signals from the dressing room and stated that there was ‘nothing untoward about it.’ England’s team analyst, Nathan Leamon sent out a coded message to Eoin Morgan during the first innings of the third T20 match against South Africa in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Eoin Morgan stated that it was well within the spirit of the game and they are going to continue with this practice. “There’s nothing untoward about it. It’s about maximising the information that we’re taking in, and measuring it against things like coaches’ recommendations, the data, what’s going on,” said Eoin Morgan.
“We’re definitely going to continue with it, and give it enough of a sample size to see if it makes a difference to, or improves, our decision-making on the field or our performance,” said Morgan while speaking to ESPNCricinfo.
Eoin Morgan also added that he was the kind of captain that wanted to keep learning for the benefit of his team and there was no harm in receiving inputs from the pavilion. “Captains are different. You get captains that really enjoy the title, the power, and the accolades that go with it, and then you have other captains that continue to be pushed and want to learn for the benefit of the team,” said Eoin Morgan.
“For me, this is a system that we’re going to use to try and help myself and the other leaders in the side, to take the emotion of the decision-making on the field and compare that to the hard data that is continuing to feed data into us, and the guys off the field,” the England captain added.
What was the coded message Eoin Morgan received?
Eoin Morgan received a coded message from the England dressing room, which consisted of a letter and a number. The code read 4E and there is still no clarity in regards to what the message meant.
It will be interesting to see if Eoin Morgan continues to use this strategy going further into the three match ODI series. After a clean sweep against the hosts in the T20 series, the reigning world champions would love a similar outcome in the 50-over format. The absence of Kagiso Rabada puts England in the drivers seat for the series.The first ODI will be played in Cape Town on Friday.