Morgan expected to lead ODI side in India


England selector James Whitaker says regular ODI captain Eoin Morgan is expected to lead the side on the tour to India, despite withdrawing from the Bangladesh tour this month.

Morgan opted not to go to Bangladesh due to safety concerns, despite being assured it would be safe. Whitaker says that while he is disappointed about that decision, Morgan will not be cast aside.

Jos Buttler will captain the ODI side against the Tigers, but Whitaker was sure to insist that the job would revert back to Morgan come the India trip later this year.

Whitaker said: “Eoin has done exceptionally well as captain. Over the last couple of years he’s established a really good leadership base. He’s done a marvellous job.

“It’s slightly disappointing that he’s turned this opportunity down, but we expect him to be captain in India. At the same time, we’ll review as we do after every series.

“Other people will come in and put pressure on those guys. And all I’ll say is, I expect him to be captain in India.”

With Buttler as skipper, there is no vice-captain named as yet, though Whitaker hinted that all-rounder Ben Stokes would be the closest candidate, what with Joe Root rest for that series.

The selector added: “We haven’t nominated a vice-captain yet. But Ben Stokes is taking a leading role more and more in both forms of the game.

“He is an astute reader of the game. And a very astute motivator of other players around him. But from official point of view, we haven’t named one.

“Jos and Trevor will take a view, but Ben Stokes is a galvaniser of people and an astute reader of the game. He is taking a more leading role on that senior player group.”