Eoin Morgan backs Jason Roy
The England skipper said his side have to avoid the mistakes of the past and trying to enforce last-minute changes on the eve of a big tournament.
But he added that he has no doubts Roy remains the right man to set the tone at the top of the order in the ICC Champions Trophy opener against Bangladesh on Thursday.
“I have been very impressed with Jonny Bairstow and he never lets us down,” said Morgan. “Every time he comes in he scores runs and he continues to bang on the door.
“It’s the hardest thing telling Jonny he’s not playing because he scores a huge amount of runs but as regards selection Jason is our No 1 pick at the moment.
“He and [Alex] Hales have been our one and two for quite a long time and they have had their ups and downs but ultimately they have played in the fashion we have played as a team.
“They have been very important to that.”
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Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, captain)
I have been very impressed with Jonny Bairstow and he never lets us down
England captain Eoin Morgan
In the 2015 World Cup England made late changes replacing Alastair Cook as captain and parachute Gary Ballance in at No 3 a policy which turned out to be a disaster.
Asked whether it was important that they do not change things late in the day ahead of the Champions Trophy Morgan issued a firm “yes”.
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Yesterday’s performance – bowled out for 153 and slipping to a seven-wicket defeat confirming a 2-1 series win – was the worst of the calendar year but it is one which Morgan believes was good to get out of their system.
“I would like to think it is better to get it out of the way before Thursday,” said the England skipper. “Lord’s has never been a prolific ground for us batting-wise. Yet the grounds we are playing at we have had good success.
“In that sense it is quite easy in that regard to put a line under it. We had a lot of time to speak about it as a batting unit sitting in the changing room and watching our bowlers bat which shouldn’t be the case at all.
“But it is a nice reminder that we need to keep our feet on the ground moving forward.”
Morgan insisted all the players who were rested for yesterday’s match will be fit for the Champions Trophy opener on Thursday.
Ben Stokes will have a scan on his left knee this morning as England try to ascertain exactly what is wrong but will play as a batter only if the medics suggest rest.
Morgan maintained Chris Woakes (thigh), Moeen Ali (groin), Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett (both rested) will all be available.