Morgan dismisses form concerns

The England captain has scored just two runs in his last four innings, including consecutive first-ball ducks against Australia, ahead of Saturday’s clash at the MCG.

“I’m not really that concerned,” he said. “I went through a bit of a bad patch before Christmas and I feel, since I started with the Sydney Thunder at the Big Bash, I’ve started to turn things around.

“I’ve had a couple of low scores but I’ll look to cash in on Saturday if I manage to get past 10-20 balls.”

The left-hander is taking comfort in the fact that it was only at the start of the tour that he defiantly hit a century against Australia at the SCG.

“I think it is four or five games since I scored a hundred so I don’t have to look that far back to actually reconnect with what works well for me,” he said.

“I took a lot from that hundred I scored at Sydney, particularly because it was against Australia, and the first game is a big game against Australia so I’ll take a lot of confidence from that game.”

He added: “I find it really easy to reconnect with the past and what I do well and can be very individually focussed when the chips are down.

“I’ve done that in the past on a number of occasions when I’ve gone through low scores. I know that I have done it and come out the other side.”

If Morgan was looking to move on quickly from the subject, he was given little chance to do so.

The first question from the home media focused on his bizarre dismissal in Wednesday’s four-wicket warm-up defeat to Pakistan in Sydney.

Morgan somehow managed to direct his third delivery, a full toss from leg-spinner Yasir Shah, to slip and he was reluctant to re-live the moment 24 hours on.

“My dismissal was I played a shot that I played, maybe, thousands of times,” he said.

“Usually it results in the ball going over 45 on the leg-side. It didn’t. It caught the top edge and went to slip.”

Asked if that was a concerning to get out given his form, he added: “No.”??