England batsman Eoin Morgan has praised Andrew Strauss for his impact in white-ball cricket after he confirmed he will step down. England’s director of cricket confirmed his decision on Wednesday as he focuses his attention on his family, with wife Ruth battling cancer.
Strauss started the role just after England were knocked out of the 2015 World Cup and has helped the ODI team grow into a dominant force.
England are now firm favourites for the 2019 World Cup on home soil and Morgan insists Strauss’ work has helped them reach their current level.
“He’s been at the forefront of it. He was incredibly instrumental in our forward-thinking and planning to get to the position we are in at the moment,” Morgan told reporters.
“It’s easily brushed over but going back to 2015 the direction given by him to myself and Paul Farbrace – who was interim coach at the time – and all the selectors was to build something to prepare for the 2019 World Cup.
“Without that direction, we wouldn’t haven’t been allowed the freedom to play in that manner, to know we could plan four years ahead. The absolute clarity and direction he wanted us to go in was quite a big deal.
“He will be missed because we’re coming towards the end of the cycle that he was at the very beginning of.”