By Nasser Hussain for the Daily Mail
Published: 20:30 BST, 12 July 2019 | Updated: 20:30 BST, 12 July 2019
There's a good story about Eoin Morgan not long after he had become England captain that tells you everything about his style of leadership — a style that has taken his side all the way to Sunday's World Cup final.
His team had a meeting before the 2015 home series against New Zealand which marked the start of their white-ball revolution, and Andrew Strauss — the managing director who had stuck with Morgan after the World Cup debacle — said a few words.
Morgan got up to say his piece, but before he started he asked Strauss to leave the room. He was concerned that some of the younger players might be afraid to express themselves in front of such a respected figure. Strauss agreed — and Morgan's captaincy was up and running.
England captain Eoin Morgan (right) and Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson will clash on Sunday
Since then, he has never looked back in his determination to allow his players the freedom to go out and do it their way. Strauss deserves huge credit for realising Morgan was that kind of guy, and for appointing Trevor Bayliss as head coach. Strauss had captained under Andy Flower, who was a more meticulous, hands-on kind of coach, but he knew Morgan would flourish under a figure who let him get on with it.
If a player gets out in the nets, the instruction is to try again and do it better. If they get out in a game, there will be no one in the dressing room sitting there shaking their head. The environment Morgan has created, with the approval of Bayliss and the encouragement of Strauss, has been central to their success.
But there's been a lot more to it than telling the players to express themselves. I was invited by Strauss to be part of a white-ball committee looking at how English cricket needed to change its attitudes to the limited-overs formats. After the misery of walking off