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England have the power, but can they cope in a tight situation?

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13.07.2019

Eoin Morgan can set himself apart from all other England captains tomorrow by winning the World Cup.

When you win the Ashes you become revered as an England captain. Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Mike Gatting, David Gower and myself all won Ashes series but not one of us lifted a World Cup. Morgan has the chance to achieve something special that was beyond us.

The night before a final or massive game, you have a mixture of emotions. You know the players are ready. They are playing well. Everything is in place. Your job is to stay calm.

Morgan's last message tomorrow will be "Don't be scared". They need to take the game head-on. This is what they have worked so hard for, trained for and dreamed of as children.

Replay

It reminds me very much of the 2005 Ashes when we went down to the last day. I remember thinking: "Surely, we can't mess this up." At lunch, when we were five wickets down, I was worried. I thought: "This is not going right." I had to act.

I really wanted to tell Kevin Pietersen to dig in. But I went into my acting mode. It is that time as a leader when you have to remember who you are managing. Ignore the words in your own head. Think what is best for the individual.

I remember looking at Kev and thinking: "What is the best thing for him to hear?" I felt at that time it was to be told to free up and play aggressive shots. In the back of my mind, I was thinking: "Just survive for an hour." But 30 minutes of being aggressive was enough to win the Ashes.

That is the message Morgan will give........

© The Age