Don`t emulate `crazy` Morgan: Flower to batsmen
London: England coach Andy Flower has warned his players that they would be heading for disaster if they try to copy Eoin Morgan`s unorthodox shots.
Left-hander Morgan top-scored in England`s two rain-affected first-round matches against West Indies and Ireland in the World Twenty20.
England will take on Pakistan in the first match of the Super Eights phase today and Morgan will play an important role in it.
Flower said batsmen such as Michael Lumb, Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen could be heading for disaster if they attempt to emulate some of Morgan`s outrageous strokes.
He has a unique style, partly attributable to the stick control he learned playing hurling as a schoolboy, Flower said.
"You saw what happened when Luke Wright tried one of those shots against West Indies. It didn`t work. Paul Collingwood was hit on the head attempting one, though Colly is normally not bad at that sort of stuff," The Sun quoted him, as saying.
"I wouldn`t want Eoin to be a benchmark. Everyone has to play to his own strengths and weaknesses. We have a variety of batsmen and they pose a lot of questions to the opposition," Flower said.
Captain Collingwood is another of Morgan`s fans and reckons he is becoming the perfect T20 batsman.
"Morgs is a very versatile player. He obviously has the power and can play all the shots but has a good mind too. That`s what you need from your No.5, someone who can read situations and adjust," the paper quoted him, as saying.
England is grouped with Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa in the Super Eights and must win two of those matches to ensure making the semi-finals.