Morgan praises Ponting
Eoin Morgan is hoping to learn from Ricky Ponting after watching the Australia captain at his best at Trent Bridge.
Last Updated: 17/09/09 9:12am
Eoin Morgan is hoping to learn a thing or two from Ricky Ponting, after watching the Australia captain at his brilliant best at Trent Bridge.
Ponting fired a brilliant 126 to help Australia to a 5-0 lead in the seven-match one-day series, with England now facing a humiliating whitewash in the face as they go into the sixth game at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Morgan has been one bright spark in a miserable series so far for the hosts, with his form as good as anyone in an under-performing batting line-up.
The 23-year-old top scored at Trent Bridge, but he agrees that England need to find more batting power if they are to compete with the best.
England's starting XI at Trent Bridge had just five ODI hundreds between them, while Ponting has made 27 on his own, and Morgan is hoping to learn from watching the Aussie skipper.
"It wasn't great from an England point of view, but as a batsman watching (Ponting) I could really see that determination in him to bat for the majority of the 50 overs and take the innings by the scruff of the neck," said Morgan.
"It was as if he was saying 'I'm going to win this game of cricket for my team' and he went about doing that with a fantastic knock that is the hallmark of a world-class player.
"I've not had the chance to pick his brains yet, but watching him up close can't fail to help any batsman because he has dominated world cricket for such a long time now.
"He is such a great player who sets the benchmark for other batsmen around the world to follow."
Reflecting on England's inability to make game-changing scores - their 299 all out on Tuesday contained five scores of more than 30 but none better than Morgan's 58 - the Dubliner was at a loss.
"Certainly in the good one-day sides the top six are earmarked to get the hundreds. If one of you gets in then the idea is to go on and get a hundred," added Morgan.
"The pressure of the situation perhaps gets to us and ultimately it comes down to decision-making and then the execution of the shot. That is where we continue to fail.
"I would love to be able to put my finger on why that is happening, but it is something that seems to be continuing with our batsmen and I don't know the answer.
"I don't think anyone is comfortable with what they're producing at the moment and there is a real need to go out and grab a hundred and to do it quickly."
All-rounder Luke Wright is out for the final two games of the NatWest series with the toe injury he sustained while facing the bowling machine on Monday. Dimitri Mascarenhas will continue to provide cover, while a decision will be made on Wright's availability for the Champions Trophy next week.