5 non-Britain born England ODI captains
- Here are five cricketers who went on to captain the England ODI team despite not being British by birth.
After having waited for 44 years and endured the agony through eleven editions of the World Cup, England can finally breathe a sigh of relief as Eoin Morgan and his men emphatically lifted the silverware for the first-ever time in the history of the World Cup.
England featured in the first ODI ever to be played in 1971 but the purists that they have traditionally been, the limited overs format was always given far lesser importance than the original format of the sport.
A country that has always welcomed players and professionals from diverse countries, England have been fortunate to have availed services of some of the finest cricketers ever produced who were not born on British soil. The Man of the Final, Ben Stokes, went on to bring glory to England against his own country of birth, New Zealand.
Among the various non-British born players who went on to represent England, there have been five who have also earned the honor of leading the England team. Here is a look at all of these five players, who have led England.
#5 Eoin Morgan
Of all the foreign cricketers to have represented England, there cannot be more adulation for anyone other than Irishman Eoin Morgan, who led the Three Lions to a famous victory, perhaps their greatest in limited overs, on 14th July as part of the 2019 World Cup.
After England's exit from the World Cup in 2015 is when people in charge of running English cricket sat down and anatomized the state of affairs. Andrew Strauss, the then Director of the England & Wales Cricket Board, in partnership with skipper Morgan, decided the approach England were to have towards the game in the future and the results are there to be seen.
After dominating every team across the interim four year period between the World Cups, their moment of glory of lifting the biggest prize in the sport at the Home of Cricket can only be summarized as a script- the author of which has been Morgan.
In the 111 matches that he has now led the English side in, he enjoys a whopping win percentage of 65.71. This stat makes him the most experienced England captain and only second behind Mike Gatting's success rate of 70.27.
Born in Dublin, the crafty left-handed batsman impressed in his 23 ODI appearances for Ireland and was picked up by England in 2009, post which he has risen through the ranks not just to go on to lead the side but also become their highest run getter in the ODI format.
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