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ICC World Twenty20: Morgan happy with Indian pitches

Published Mar 15, 2016, 4:33 pm IST
Updated Mar 15, 2016, 4:36 pm IST
England skipper calls the turf a good batting surface and says he is confident going into the opener against West Indies.
England skipper Eoin Morgan called Indian pitches a good batting surface. (Photo: AP)
 England skipper Eoin Morgan called Indian pitches a good batting surface. (Photo: AP)

Mumbai: England captain Eoin Morgan said his team is full of confidence heading into its opening World Twenty20 match against West Indies on Wednesday.

England has failed to make it past the second round since winning the title in 2010 but Morgan said his players had a positive mindset after winning warm-up matches against New Zealand and a Mumbai Cricket Association XI.


"We are in a really good place mentally," Morgan told reporters on Tuesday.

"As long as we execute our plans and go about our business the way we normally do I think we'll be in a stable position."

England has struggled in recent times against quality spin bowling but Morgan did not expect spin to play a major role in the first two matches against West Indies and South Africa, both at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. England's next Group 1 matches - against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka - will be staged in New Delhi.

"It's normally a good batting surface here," he said. "It's another challenge for a bowler to try and emphasize taking wickets and holding momentum throughout the innings."


England defeated Pakistan in the Twenty20 series on slow wickets in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year but arrived in India after losing both T20s against South Africa last month.

Morgan said England's batsmen have learnt from their mistakes in South Africa and hope they will play with more positive intent in India.

"We learnt a lot particularly about our batting which stuttered a bit in South Africa," he said. "We are a young and developing side and we will gain experience by playing smarter cricket."

Top three batsmen Alex Hales, Jason Roy and Joe Root all scored in both warm-up matches while seamers Liam Plunkett, Reece Topley, David Willey and Chris Jordan were among the wickets.


"It's important to gain momentum as early as possible in the tournament because Twenty20 is very funny in regard to confidence and momentum," Morgan said. "It's very easy when you have it (momentum), but when you try to gain it back it could become a difficult challenge."