In a crucial prelude to the highly anticipated 2023 World Cup final between Australia and India, former England cricket captain Eoin Morgan offered insightful counsel to the Australian team, especially emphasizing the impact of early strategic decisions.
Morgan, the 2019 World Cup-winning captain, pinpointed the effectiveness of pacer Josh Hazlewood against India’s formidable batsman Virat Kohli, highlighting the need for precision in the Australian attack. He also stressed the significance of dismissing Rohit Sharma early, suggesting it could be a pivotal factor in determining the outcome of the match.
“The accuracy that the likes of Josh Hazlewood brings to any attack and his record against Virat Kohli is excellent,” stated Morgan during an interview on Sky Sports Cricket. “So either him or Mitchell Starc, who has swung the ball more than anybody in this tournament so far and can take early wickets, can put India on their backfoot.”
Morgan further elaborated on the potential impact of removing Rohit Sharma early in the game, considering his remarkable strike rate in the tournament. “If they can see him off early and make inroads for the likes of Zampa to come in the middle period and possibly Maxwell, others like Travis Head who was the Man of the Match in the semifinal,” Morgan suggested.
He acknowledged Australia’s adaptability and resilience, characteristic of their cricketing culture, emphasizing their ability to find solutions and compete across formats. Reflecting on Pat Cummins’ leadership, Morgan emphasized the team’s upward trajectory since Cummins assumed captaincy.
Morgan concluded by highlighting the importance of landing the first blow in the match, either with the ball through Starc or Hazlewood or with the bat, setting the tone for the entire game. As both teams prepare for the World Cup final, Morgan’s strategic insights provide an intriguing perspective on the nuances that may shape the outcome of this high-stakes encounter.