All teams have been trying to figure out how the current England side can be broken down, as of now in the tournament only Pakistan did that job with a tinge of luck on their favour. If they bat first, they place a mountain to climb and if they bat second, any total seems gettable, in simple, they seem invincible.
Of all the current teams in the ongoing World Cup, going by recent form, Afghanistan is the last team anyone would want to bet on to beat this stellar juggernaut. With due respect to the Asian side, the hosts are just too strong for most teams and it is something no one can hide from.
Eoin Morgan is not making the mistake of taking Afghanistan lightly. Many assumed Afghanistan to spring a couple, if not more, surprises at the World Cup and expected them to beat a higher-ranked opposition.
With four straight losses, so far it hasn’t happened. But Morgan doesn’t believe it can’t against his England, whom Afghanistan face on Tuesday.
“I would like to think in a couple of games so far we’ve been head hot favourites and underlining our preparation is the humility and the gratitude with which we go about things, and that’s an important part of trying to beat teams like Afghanistan,” quoted Eoin Morgan.
“We went through the same process in the warm up game. They are a strong side. I said previous to the tournament, they will beat teams in this World Cup. They haven’t managed to do that yet. So that makes tomorrow, you know, a tougher challenge,” he added.
We are practising against spin
Morgan mentioned about the Afghanistan’s spin challenge and reckoned that it is their strongest component as a team. Afghanistan will most probably play all of their troika of spinners, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
“I think there are three spinners. It’s probably their strongest component as a team. It’s a challenge that we’re going to have to overcome. Pretty much every time we play against an Asian team, that’s the case. You look over at where they are practising, they are practising against quicks, and look over at our nets and we’re practising against spin. That’s just a challenge that both sides come up against,” Morgan furthered.
Almost out of the World Cup, Afghanistan may be struggling to get their act together but in England, they might sense an opportunity. The World Cup co-favourites have been hit by a couple of injuries with Jason Roy’s hamstring tear ruling him out for two-three matches. Morgan himself was in doubt due to a back spasm, but reasserted that he should be fit to take the field Tuesday.
“Yeah, drastically improved. I’ve had extensive treatment and medication the last two days, which have helped me no end. I’ve had a small hit in the nets, and hopefully be fit to play in the morning. It will all depend on how I pull up but aiming to play tomorrow. I’m positive about playing. So unless I pull up worse tomorrow, I’ll be playing,” Morgan concluded.