Ramps: No Morgan worries

Morgan has been dismissed for a duck in four of his last five innings, including the thumping 111-run defeat to Australia in their World Cup opener in Melbourne.

England take on New Zealand in Wellington on Friday and Morgan will be desperate to make a contribution.

Ramprakash said: “I’ve been hugely impressed with the way Eoin has dealt with taking over the group but also the way he manages to differentiate the captaincy and the leadership role with his own game.

“He’s had this amazing run where he’s found different ways to get out. If it was another person, another character, then I might have real cause for concern because I think it would weigh heavily on their mind.

“In terms of handling the tournament and the pressures of it, you couldn’t really ask for a better character to be able to handle that.”

Ramprakash, as England’s batting coach, has not felt the need to try and change Morgan’s game despite the skipper’s struggles at the crease.

“I’m there as a sounding board for him, he’s obviously an experienced player and I would never be prescriptive to say you should do this,” he said.

“It’s more throwing in the odd question and seeing how he feels, seeing how he wants to go about business. He knows his own game, he knows his strength and so the onus of responsibility is very much on him because of his experience.”

Ramprakash believes England???s batting has fallen behind the major cricketing powers in one-day cricket and admits he is focused on trying to help them catch up.

“I was involved in the one-day series against India at home in September where I feel there has been a real shift from that stage,??? he said.

???I like the direction in which we are going. We don’t have a lot of players who have played x number of one-day internationals so many of them are still finding their way in this arena at this level.

“Perhaps the rhythm of their batting, the pace of their batting (is not always right) – what they have shown all of them is that they can learn quickly and that’s the exciting thing.”

During last summer, when Ramprakash was first drafted in to work with the batsmen, England were widely criticised for an apparent lack of intent in the early overs.

Since then Alastair Cook has left the top of the order, after being replaced as skipper, while Moeen Ali was promoted to play with more freedom.

But England have yet to find the right mix after being bowled out in 12 of their past 18 games.

“It’s a delicate balance to play with freedom but also with responsibility,” Ramprakash said. “In the cauldron of the international arena to get that balance right doesn’t always happen.

“The mentality for England to get up to speed with 50-over cricket and the modern way of batting in this format – I’m happy with the direction that the guys are going in.”

The early trend at this World Cup has been for teams to save their hitting for the end, rather than going hard at the start.

Tournament favourites New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have all scored more than 100 runs in the final 10 overs, but Ramprakash is wary of centring any planning on reducing risk early to ensure England can join in the late hitting.

“You can’t have it both ways,” he said. “We got criticised greatly in 2014 for not being proactive enough in the first 10 overs and so now it’s a bit ironic to hear we have got to calm down.

“If I was to err on one side it would be that we want the players to go out and play with an aggressive mind-set and that freedom. The best sides do that,but having said that it’s up to the top three guys to assess conditions and play accordingly.”

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