England skipper Eoin Morgan became the first English cricketer to play 100 T20I games and join an elite list in the process. He is the fourth cricketer overall to play 100 games in the shortest format. Only India’s Rohit Sharma, New Zealand’s Ross Taylor, and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik have breached the milestone before him. Malik with 116 games leads the list. New Zealand’s Ross Taylor is above Morgan with 102 appearances.
Eoin Morgan was elected as the England skipper in 2015. After the team was knocked out in the 2015 World Cup from the league stage itself, Morgan has been at the center of the team’s turnaround. he took the team to the 2016 World T20 final. Then in 2019, he led England to their maiden 50-over World Cup title.
The 34-year-old has amassed 2306 runs, at an average of 30.34, and boasts of a healthy strike-rate of 138.99. He has 14 half-centuries to his name and is the backbone of England’s middle-order.
England is currently the number one ranked team in the T20I format. Indian skipper Virat Kohli has termed England as the favorites to win the World T20 title later this year.
Glad To Play My 100th Game: Eoin Morgan
“We’re going to bowl first. The wicket has a good covering of grass, shorter on one side and a bit humid today. Given the way the series has panned out and it’s about putting up a collective performance today and win the game. Glad to play my 100th game, a big day for me and my family. Mark Wood comes in for Tom Curran” Morgan said at the toss.
Out of the 16 games played between the two teams, both have won eight each. The five-match series is level at 1-1 with the two teams winning one each.