England’s Ashes defeat: Blaming The Hundred for loss ‘laughable’, says ODI captain Eoin Morgan


Morgan on people blaming The Hundred for England’s 4-0 Ashes loss in Australia, speaking to talkSPORT: “People that use that as an excuse don’t watch cricket. Test match cricket has always been the priority – it’s the format for our elite players.”

Last Updated: 18/01/22 8:34pm

England’s only drawn match of the series came in a weather-affected fourth Test in Sydney

Eoin Morgan thinks it is “laughable” that The Hundred is being blamed for
England’s Ashes humiliation as he insisted Test cricket “has always been the priority”.

A 4-0 defeat in Australia has prompted much soul-searching and England Test captain Joe Root reasoned that anyone coming into the set-up is doing so “in spite of county cricket, not because of county cricket”.

First-class cricket in the country has been increasingly pushed out into the margins of the season in recent years while the inaugural edition of the England and Wales Cricket’s 100-ball event in 2021 was held in July and August.

Former England spin bowler Monty Panesar says that questions need to be asked of English red-ball cricket following the 4-0 thrashing in the Ashes at the hands of Australia.

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Former England spin bowler Monty Panesar says that questions need to be asked of English red-ball cricket following the 4-0 thrashing in the Ashes at the hands of Australia.

Former England spin bowler Monty Panesar says that questions need to be asked of English red-ball cricket following the 4-0 thrashing in the Ashes at the hands of Australia.

While Root has argued for changes in the domestic structure to incorporate more red-ball matches at the height of summer, his stance seemed to be contradicted by his limited-overs counterpart Morgan, who believes it is incorrect to insinuate that England’s Test woes stem from favouring the shorter formats.

“People that use that as an excuse don’t watch cricket,” England’s World Cup-winning captain told talkSPORT. “Test match cricket has always been the priority – it’s the format for our elite players.

Sky Sports' Rob Key says England's cricketers play plenty of red ball cricket but not at a high enough level to improve the Test side.

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Sky Sports’ Rob Key says England’s cricketers play plenty of red ball cricket but not at a high enough level to improve the Test side.

Sky Sports’ Rob Key says England’s cricketers play plenty of red ball cricket but not at a high enough level to improve the Test side.

“Obviously times at the moment have been tough down in Australia during the Ashes but they always are. We’ve lost the last two series 4-0.

“It’s laughable to point the finger at The Hundred. The Hundred is an unbelievable success. Our formats in county cricket and The Hundred, in the way they’re structured, are exactly the same as Australia’s.

Sky Sports Cricket pundit and former England captain Nasser Hussain says someone has to be accountable for England's failure in the Ashes against Australia.

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Sky Sports Cricket pundit and former England captain Nasser Hussain says someone has to be accountable for England’s failure in the Ashes against Australia.

Sky Sports Cricket pundit and former England captain Nasser Hussain says someone has to be accountable for England’s failure in the Ashes against Australia.

“People need something to blame so they’ll point at probably the furthest point to reality because nobody wants to say, ‘You know what, we’ve not had the prep we’d have liked, we probably haven’t played as we’d have liked, and we’ve lost’.

“For the majority of my career, white-ball cricket was an afterthought – 95 per cent of the time was spent around planning and prep for Test match cricket and then when we got to a World Cup, it was like, ‘Well, if we do well, great, but if we don’t, it’s fine’.

“With the skill level that guys are producing now on a consistent basis, proven over a long period of time, we’re considered one of the best in the world. Trust me, I’d much rather be considered that than an afterthought.”





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