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Cricket: England stars defend Eoin Morgan amid worrying batting slump

Eoin Morgan's last half-century in any cricket format took place in July 2021

Eoin Morgan’s last half-century in any cricket format took place in July 2021 (Image: Getty)

English duo Liam Livingstone and Jason Roy jumped into Eoin Morgan’s defense and helped their captain regain his one-day form.

Morgan is yet to score a run in England’s one-day international series against the Netherlands, falling to back-to-back ducks in the first two games.

The 35-year-old who led England The world title in 2019 has not been scored in any cricket format for half a century since July 2021.

But his white ball teammates Livingstone and Roy are sure Runs is just around the corner and insist Morgan contributes to the team even during his hitting slumps.

“I think what has been forgotten is that Morgs is an incredible leader,” Livingstone said. “He’s the leader of our team and everyone knows he’s just a point away.

“I’m sure that score will come very soon and he can start again.”

England world champion Roy added: “It’s just the volatile nature of the sport. When you’re behind the Eight Ball it’s quite difficult, but he’s an incredible worker, an incredible guy, so I definitely support him.

Liam Livingstone jumped to defend the England captain

Liam Livingstone jumped in for the England captain’s defense (Picture: Getty)

“He’s the captain of our side and he wins the game so I think that means more to him than his results which makes it special to play under him. He will be fine. He’ll be absolutely fine.’

Morgan’s two failures in Holland drew particular attention as on both occasions when he came back England were in a strong position against underdogs.

In the first ODI, England broke a record of 498-4 as Jos Buttler shot 162 from 70 balls, Phil Salt scored his first international century and Dawid Malan also went into three figures.

More runs from Salt and 73 from his opening partner Roy helped England win in the second match, tomorrow is the third and final ODI.

Buttler’s innings late last week was one of the big white ball knocks and Livingstone says it was “quite special” to watch from the other end.

“To watch Jos go about his business, it was nice to have him by my side this time,” he added. “It was very special to see that, especially from the other end.

“It was great fun. It was nice to obviously break the world record on Friday, the lads showed really good cricket, it was a great standard and hopefully it will be like that again [on Wednesday].’

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