We Have To Remember Eoin Morgan Is Unique, Has Gone Through Spells Like This Says Naseer Hussain
"That is fine in most places around the world but on the slow and used pitches of the United Arab Emirates, the powerplay is absolutely vital because it gets harder and harder to catch up. I would give Malan first dibs at No 3 be'ause he's earned it but there are other options."
Hussain felt that England can explore Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone as options for number three if Malan doesn't do well. "Chennai Super Kings used Moeen Ali differently to England in this year's IPL and Morgan would have seen first-hand in the final how effective he can be higher up the order. Moeen has been out of England's side and when he has played it has been lower down the order, but the pitches will turn here, and both the bowling of spin and playing of it will be paramount, which makes him a potentially important figure."
"As too will be Liam Livingstone, who last summer was the man who lifted England to those above-par scores. His emergence as their best finisher has been magnificent and after a quiet IPL he must now show he can still smash it on these pitches."
Hussain signed off by saying that warm-up matches will help England test their options on slow pitches to boost their chances of competing in a unique World Cup double in men's cricket. "It is good England are playing two teams of quality from the other group in India and New Zealand ahead of Saturday's tournament opener against West Indies because they need to be properly tested on the pitches they will find here."
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"England remain a team full of power but they showed in the 50-over World Cup they can adapt to slower surfaces and in low-scoring games. Now they have to do the same over the shorter distance. Then they can complete that unique World Cup double."
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