Refreshed Morgan confident of tackling short-pitched bowling

Johannesburg, Nov. 10 (ANI): Equipped with new safety gear, England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has said that he is ready to counter short-pitch bowling after being struck by Australian speed merchant Mitchell Starc two months ago.

Morgan suffered concussion after enduring a fierce blow on his helmet which forced him to retire hurt during the deciding ODI against Australia at Old Trafford.

The 29-year-old left hander said that he would be using a redesigned helmet with a neck guard, admitting that he feels more protected with his new gear, Sport24 reported.

Morgan said that he had been doing a lot of short-ball practice since the incident and insisted that he was confident going into the limited-overs series against Pakistan.

The England captain also said that the blow was a hard one, adding that Starc’s delivery was a pretty good one.

The tragic demise of Phillip Hughes, who succumbed to injuries last year after being struck by a bouncer on the back of the neck during a domestic match in Sydney, triggered discussion about safety and the design of helmets.

After losing the Test series against Pakistan, England will aim to bounce back when they will take on the hosts in the four-match series which starts in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. (ANI)

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