Here’s why England ODI skipper Eoin Morgan didn’t play the XI in the 3rd ODI against the Netherlands

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England captain Eoin Morgan missed the third ODI against the Netherlands, which was played on Wednesday with a groin problem. The England side, who had already won the series after a comfortable second successive victory in the second ODI, have rested skipper Eoin Morgan with minor groin problems.

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The southpaw endured a miserable runoff late and could take a short break from the action. With his long history of back and knee injuries, the team’s management decided not to take any chances against a minor issue escalating.

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England have brought in 31-year-old left-arm playmaker David Payne to replace the injured Morgan. Payne made his debut for the national team after being on the white-ball circuit for a while now.

Meanwhile, Jos Buttler took over as captain for the game in the Irishman’s absence. Buttler, who has been in the form of his life, hit a stunning 162 from just 70 deliveries in the first ODI as England posted a world record 498 on the board after their 50 overs.

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Since last year, Eoin Morgan’s bat has been silent for the most part. His last half-century in any format came a year ago against Sri Lanka. Even at IPL 2021, where he led the Kolkata Knight Riders to the tournament final, Morgan failed to play well with the bat and therefore was not retained by the franchise nor picked by no other teams in the IPL 2022 auction.

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Morgan has endured a miserable period of leanness over the past two years, and his confidence has not been good when the southpaw succumbed to back-to-back ducks in the first two ODIs.

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