Wellington mayor in `Eoin Rogers` England gaffe

Eoin Morgan`s form has deserted him and now so has his name after the England captain was introduced as `Eoin Rogers` by the mayor of Wellington.

AFP| Last Updated: Feb 18, 2015, 06:39 AM IST

Wellington: Eoin Morgan`s form has deserted him and now so has his name after the England captain was introduced as `Eoin Rogers` by the mayor of Wellington.

The embarrassing gaffe happened when the England squad arrived in the New Zealand capital ahead of Friday`s World Cup match against the co-hosts.

London-born mayor Celia Wade-Brown introduced Morgan as `Rogers` during a traditional Maori ceremony staged on the city`s harbour front late Tuesday.

The incident prompted some light-hearted ribbing from the travelling British press contingent.

"England found themselves with a new captain when the mayor of Wellington inadvertently welcomed a stranger called Eoin Rogers to the city," wrote Richard Hobson in The Times.

Morgan has endured a tough time with the bat in Australia and New Zealand, enduring a fourth duck in five innings during his side`s World Cup 111-run mauling at the hands of the Australians in Melbourne on Saturday.

"If Eoin Morgan needed any more motivation to make a name for himself at the World Cup for the right reasons it was inadvertently provided by the mayor of Wellington," wrote the Daily Telegraph`s Nick Hoult.

"The mayor`s mistake did bring a wry smile to the lips of some of the England players and she looked horrified when informed of her error, but Morgan at least has the chance to leave a lasting impression on Wellington with the bat if he can rediscover his form against New Zealand on Friday."