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Eoin Morgan eliminated from the T20 series against the West Indies; Moeen Ali leads

England got a body blow, as their captain Eoin Morgan will miss the rest of the T20 series against West Indies due to a thigh injury. Moeen Ali, who captained the away team in the third T20I game, will also take the lead in the final two games.

Morgan sat out Thursday’s game after failing a fitness test, with vice-captain Ali taking over the role. Veterans will continue to be on the sidelines, as confirmed by the ECB. It was later revealed that the 35-year-old had suffered a quadriceps muscle injury in his right thigh.

British Cricket Board (ECB) rescue a statement on the matter:

“Further examination revealed he had a right thigh muscle injury that, although relatively mild, will prevent him from playing further matches on the current tour.”

Morgan wasn’t in the best shape, scoring just 13 and 12 in the first two T20Is in Bridgetown, Barbados. The West Indies beat England by nine points in the first game before the top-ranked T20I secured a one-match win in the second to level the streak.

The T20’s third international on Thursday saw the West Indies regain the lead in the series with a 20-round win. Rovman Powell’s first ton of T20I set England a tough target of 225 to chase in 20 laps. The promising efforts of Tom Banton (73 years old) and Phil Salt (57 years old) have come to nothing. Romario Shepherd emerged as the pitcher’s choice for the West Indies, with three points.


“Evolving our game is more important than a series win” – Eoin Morgan

England cricket team. (Credit: Getty)
England cricket team. (Credit: Getty)

Morgan previously said he sees the series as an opportunity to expand England’s roster of players ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. He spoke of the fringe players having the opportunity to handle their case in the absence of an official first team squad, saying:

“The whole tour is one of those places where the growth of our game is more important than a series win. We’ve gone through this process before and determined the level of robustness and performance. Ours is much more important than the results.”

“A lot of talented boys are going to have a chance throughout this streak. It’s very exciting, not only for the team but for them. They don’t get a lot of opportunities to go through a process like this, so that’s why. Long-term planning, when we’re trying to have stronger, deeper teams, that’s very important,” continued Morgan, as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.

Meanwhile, England must quickly regroup before the fourth T20I with the West Indies to bring this series to a decisive conclusion.


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