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Middlesex appoint Eoin Morgan as T20 captain

The 33-year-old helped Middlesex reach the quarter-finals last year.

Eoin Morgan guided England to World Cup glory last summer (Nick Potts/PA)
Eoin Morgan guided England to World Cup glory last summer (Nick Potts/PA)

By PA Sport Staff

Eoin Morgan will captain Middlesex’s T20 side in this season’s Vitality Blast.

England’s World Cup-winning skipper, who has been awarded a testimonial year at Lord’s in 2020, takes over the short-form reins following Dawid Malan’s departure for Yorkshire

The 33-year-old hit three half centuries for the club in the 2019 competition as they reached the quarter-final stage for only the second time since lifting the trophy in 2008.

Morgan, one of two remaining players at Middlesex from the title-winning side along with Tim Murtagh, believes the squad are in a good position to challenge in 2020.

“I’m delighted to be awarded the T20 captaincy. The role is one that I have really enjoyed,” he said.

“We’ve got an exciting group of players here at Middlesex, with plenty of talent and a good blend of youth and experience.

“I’m really looking forward to helping the club build on the improvements we made in this format last year.”

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Eoin Morgan enjoyed World Cup glory with England in 2019 (Steven Paston/PA)

Morgan finished last year’s tournament with 341 runs at an average of 42.62 and a strike rate of just under 170.

Middlesex head coach Stuart Law described the Irishman as the “best white-ball captain” in the world.

“I’m really excited to have Morgs at the helm for our T20 campaign,” said Law.

“He is currently the best white-ball captain around and will offer a great deal of experience on and off the field to the team in this format.

“I can’t wait to start working with him to build a squad of players to challenge in this format.”

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