It’s within the spirit of the game: Eoin Morgan defends use of signals from team balcony

It’s within the spirit of the game: Eoin Morgan defends use of signals from team balcony

England ODI captain Eoin Morgan on Thursday defended his team receiving coded information from the dressing room by the team analyst during the 3rd T20I against South Africa on Monday.

It all happened when England’s analyst Nathan Leamon was spotted sending a piece of coded information to skipper Eoin Morgan from the dressing room. A series of letters and numbers were hung from the balcony of the touring side.

“Captains are different. You get captains that really enjoy the title, the power, and the accolades that go with it, and then you have other captains that continue to be pushed and want to learn for the benefit of the team. For me, this is a system that we’re going to use to try and help myself and the other leaders in the side, to take the emotion of the decision-making on the field and compare that to the hard data that is continuing to feed data into us, and the guys off the field,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Morgan as saying.

“There weren’t many decisions that varied: I think there were three in the first game, two in the second game, and a couple in the third. It’s nice to know that the majority of the decisions that, Jos and the bowlers on the field were making actually replicate what we feel is right in the game. 100 percent, it’s within the spirit of the game. There’s nothing untoward about it. It’s about maximizing the information that we’re taking in, and measuring it against things like coaches’ recommendations, the data, what’s going on. We’re definitely going to continue with it, and give it enough of a sample size to see if it makes a difference to, or improves, our decision-making on the field or our performance,” he added.

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