Cricket World Cup 2015

Root backs Morgan to cruise

2015-02-12 10:32
Eoin Morgan (AFP)

Sydney - Struggling England captain Eoin Morgan will take out his frustrations over his recent poor form on bitter rivals Australia in Saturday's Cricket World Cup opener, team-mate Joe Root predicted Thursday.

Morgan, who succeeded the dumped Alastair Cook for the six-week event, is in the midst of a slump which has seen him make just 0, 2, 0 and 0 again in his last four innings.

His latest disastrous outing was a duck in Wednesday's four-wicket loss to Pakistan in a warm-up game at the Sydney Cricket Ground, falling off a full toss from Yasir Shah.

"Morgs is one of the guys that under the pump, when the pressure is on, you turn to," Root told reporters.

"He's done it so many times for us and I'm sure throughout this competition he's going to score a lot of runs.

"Everyone in the dressing room is absolutely convinced that's going to be the case. He scored a hundred not long ago. He's obviously a fine player, he's a fine leader."

Morgan came into the tournament under a cloud when it was revealed that he had been the target of a blackmail attempt over a relationship with an Australian woman five years ago.

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