Taylor talks up Morgan leadership

James Taylor expects Eoin Morgan’s captaincy to be “exciting and aggressive”, like his batting.

Morgan, an innovative left-hander who has pushed the boundaries of limited-overs strokeplay, last month succeeded Alastair Cook as one-day skipper and next week is set to lead England for the first time since.

Morgan and Co are in Canberra for two warm-up games ahead of the Tri-Series opener with Australia a week today at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Among his 130 one-day international caps, Morgan has led England eight times, most recently in the fourth match of seven with Sri Lanka late last year.

After that series defeat Cook lost the captaincy due to a lack of runs, with Morgan taking over shortly before the World Cup which starts next month.

“It’s an exciting time for England under Morgs; it’s a new era,” Taylor said.

Speaking of Eoin Morgan's captaincy, James Taylor said: "He'll be very similar to the way he bats: exciting and aggressive."

“We’re all looking forward to playing under him. I know the kind of guy he is; he’s a strong guy and I’m sure he’ll be a strong leader too.

“He’ll be very similar to the way he bats: exciting and aggressive.

“I have played under him in a couple of ODIs against Ireland and he’s a great captain.”

Taylor has sympathy for Cook, who had been one-day captain since shortly after the 2011 World Cup and took England to the 2013 Champions Trophy final.

“It was a tough call but we’ve got to move on,” he added.

“It’s something we can’t dwell on too much. You’re judged on performances and that’s what happened in the end with Alastair.

“Ultimately we’re all judged on performances and winning games and that’s what we’re aiming to do.

“We’re looking to get a bit of rhythm and form in the Tri-Series then in the World Cup who knows what we could do.”

Taylor, who turned 25 on Tuesday, started to establish himself in the team during the recent Sri Lanka series.

Given a chance in the fourth fixture, the diminutive right-hander hit a composed 90 from number three and followed it up with 68 in the next clash.

Having also played in the last two games of the series, Taylor is hoping for an extended run in the side.

“Hopefully it does open up a spot for me to play but it’s up to me to take the opportunity if it does appear,” Taylor said.

“I don’t know where I’ll be batting in the side; I’m just looking to get in the team. If it’s in the middle order or at number three I’m not really fussed as long as I’m playing.

“I had a brief little taster in Sri Lanka and hopefully I can go one step further to cementing my spot in Australia.”

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