One coach model for all three formats can’t last for long, believes Eoin Morgan

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One coach model for all three formats can’t last for long, believes Eoin Morgan

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Eoin Morgan feels that it will be almost impossible to have a single coach across Tests, ODIs and T20 matches as the formats are diverging at a faster rate. Morgan has also admitted that the 2015 World Cup debacle acted as a major catalyst in changing England's approach in the shorter formats.

England are primarily the exponent of multiple-coach theory when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) appointed Andy Flower and Ashley Giles for Test and limited-over format respectively. However, they decided to do away with both of them and in 2015, also removed Peter Moores in favour of employing Trevor Bayliss with an intention to improve England's limited-overs cricket. While England have gone on to become arguably the best ODI team in the world, they have continued to struggle in the longest format of the game and Morgan believes different coaches will be the key for the team’s success in different formats.

"I think down the line there will be. Cricket is going to change even more in the next 10 years than it has in the previous 10 years. I'd say, if anything, the formats are getting further and further apart. So I'm open to it,” Morgan said, reported ESPN Cricinfo.

England adopted the ‘horses for courses’ rule to be successful in the shorter formats of the game. While Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Stuart Broad have been assigned to keep the English dominance in the whites intact, players like Morgan, Liam Plunkett, Jos Butler, Jason Roy, and Sam Billings have taken the English side forward in the ODIs and T20s. And all this started after the 2015 World Cup debacle and Morgan also admitted the same.

"It had quite a significant role, really. After that, a line was drawn in the sand and we were given clear directives that the goal was the 2019 World Cup. The gap between the England team in that World Cup and where we need to be in 2019, I don't think anybody knows. But to bridge the gap between where we were at in that World Cup and, say, being in the semi-final or the final was the first port of the call. Bridging that gap came quicker that we ever thought it would," Morgan added.

"We got a huge amount of confidence from the selectors. Andrew Strauss, our director of cricket, gave absolute clarity in what we wanted. I think, as a captain and backroom staff, we certainly thrived on that. It's not often you get free rein and ambition to be as adventurous as you like."

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