Eoin Morgan has ‘no interest’ in the England captaincy and declares himself ‘happy’ as the white-ball skipper, saying he would be ‘no good’ at replacing Joe Root having not played a Test match for 10 YEARS
- The white-ball captain distanced himself from taking over the Test captaincy
- Ben Stokes remains the favourite to take over from the departing Joe Root
- Joe Root announced his resignation following a run of one win in 17 Tests
- England had lost their last five series under Joe Root, including to Australia
England’s World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan insists he has no designs on succeeding Joe Root as Test skipper.
The idea that Morgan would be parachuted in at the age of 35, having last played the five-day format more than 10 years ago, always appeared fanciful but he had been touted in some quarters as the kind of strong leader who could lift the side out of their current rut.
But the Dubliner, whose focus is fully trained on the T20 World Cup in Australia this winter, has made it clear he is not an option.
Morgan last played a Test match for England over ten years ago and said he wouldn’t return
Asked by Sky Sports News if he was interested in the role, he said: ‘Absolutely not, no. I’m very happy with the role that I play within the white-ball team and English cricket at the moment. It has been the part of my career that I’m most proud of.
‘My career is firmly focused on World Cups, and hopefully sustaining what we’ve built over the last six years is probably going to be the most important part of what I leave behind eventually.
‘I haven’t played red-ball cricket for a long time. I wouldn’t have any interest in the job. I would be no good at it.’
Ben Stokes has long been considered the favourite to take over from Joe Root as skipper
Joe Root was part of the World Cup winning side under Eoin Morgan in the summer of 2019
Sam Billings, who made his Test debut in Hobart during the Ashes, has emerged as a candidate
The most compelling candidate remains Root’s vice-captain, Ben Stokes, who used his Daily Mirror column this week to pay tribute to his friend while describing the post as a ‘huge honour’.
Morgan has worked closely with Stokes for a number of years and believes he has the right kind of character to take charge.
‘Obviously Ben is a fantastic player, a brilliant leader, though he doesn’t need to have the captain’s armband on to lead like he does,’ he added.
Eoin Morgan said Ben Stokes is ‘certainly’ a candidate for the role and he would find it hard to turn down
‘He’d certainly be a candidate. I think it would be hard to turn down the captaincy. It’s a privileged position to be in. Obviously circumstances have to be right, but most people who want to take red-ball cricket forward would like to take it on.’