Plunkett praises captain Morgan ahead of Royal London One-Day International Series

Liam Plunkett (Pic: Sportsbeat)

Liam Plunkett (Pic: Sportsbeat) - Credit: Archant

Paceman Liam Plunkett credits captain Eoin Morgan with England’s recent ODI success as they prepare for the upcoming Royal London One-Day International Series against India.

Overcoming Australia with a whitewash 5-0 triumph throughout June, including a world-record total of 481-6 at Trent Bridge, England have established themselves as the number one ranked ICC ODI team.

With a home World Cup only a year away, Plunkett believes his skipper has been central to the rise of England’s ODI team.

“Morgan’s amazing, he’s one of the best captains I’ve played under,” said Plunkett, speaking at a private bowling session to celebrate unconventional greatness in cricket with Royal London.

“His knowledge of the game is outstanding, he’s played for a lot of years now, played as England captain, played a lot of ODIs and played around the world so has that vast knowledge.

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“His character is the same throughout, you know where you stand with him.

“He’s the same on and off the pitch, you can approach him about ideas and it’s been amazing how he has got the guys together.

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“It’s enjoyable, the last few years I’ve been playing for England have been the most enjoyable of my career.”

Starting on Thursday, the ODI series against India – ranked second in the world – will prove a tough challenge for the English.

But Plunkett, who now has 70 ODI caps since his debut in 2005, feels there’s more to come from England.

He added: “It’s a new series you need to start afresh, that 5-0 series was great, but by the next t20 that was finished.

“Obviously, there’s people in form but you have to start again. You try and win every game, you go in game by game trying to win so obviously you want a 3-0 series but they’re a good team too.

“We’ll do what we need to do, study them well, everyone will be in good shape and we’ll see how the first game goes. Our batters will have played against a lot of their guys to know what slower balls they have.

“It’s a great atmosphere, when we get beat we know we need to work harder but when we win we know we work harder too.

“I think why we are number one is even when we’ve done well we still want to get better.

“As a team we can keep going up and up, there’s not one specific thing we have to get better at, as a whole unit whether batting, fielding or bowling, we can keep getting better.

“It would be nice to keep stringing games together, we’re looking to get the perfect performance together.”

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