Eoin Morgan remained non-committal about how long he will captain England but is optimistic about overseeing the next two T20 World Cup campaigns and did not rule out continuing to the defence of their 50-over crown in 2023.
Morgan took some time to contemplate his future in the weeks after leading England to a historic triumph following their victory over New Zealand in the final at Lord’s last July.
He was at the helm for their T20 series win over New Zealand at the back end of last year, when the Irishman indicated he would like to continue in his position at this year’s World Cup in Australia.
Ahead of the one-day international series against South Africa which marks the start of the cycle towards the next 50-over World Cup, Morgan believes he could be in situ for the 2021 T20 World Cup in India and possibly beyond.
“I’ve looked at the next two T20 World Cups and I feel in a good enough space right here and now to be able to say I’m hoping to be here for both of them,” he said on the eve of the first ODI in Cape Town today.
“But things change, when you make decisions to stay on or continue, the majority of the time, that decision is taken out of your hands.”
Morgan will be 36 by the time England travel to India to defend their crown in three years’ time but he is bullish about how he has performed, as well as how he has matured as a captain.
The statistics corroborate this. Since the start of 2015, Morgan has averaged 43.6 with seven of his 13 ODI centuries coming in that time.
“Over the last four years I have been in the best form of my life,” he said. “The level of experience I have now has allowed me to grow in confidence as a leader and to be the best version of myself.
“And making the decision towards the end of last summer things became clearer and more evident when I had time to think, sit back and reflect.
The level of experience I have now has allowed me to grow in confidence as a leader and to be the best version of myself.
“Coming back from New Zealand from five T20 games the way that I played and felt physically, I felt really good.”