MELBOURNE: England captain Eoin Morgan’s desperate run of poor form continued when he was out for his fourth duck in five innings during his side’s World Cup opener against Australia in Melbourne on Saturday.
The former Ireland left-hander, made skipper after Test captain Alastair Cook was axed from the one-day squad following a sequences of low scores, tried to pull medium-pacer Mitchell Marsh but instead got an under-edge that was superbly held, one-handed, by diving wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.
Morgan’s exit meant he’d scored just two runs in his last five innings and left England, already in trouble when he took guard, in the dire position of 73 for five in reply to Australia’s 342 for nine.
Marsh then joined a select group of players to have taken five wickets on their World Cup debut when he dismissed Jos Buttler with the aid of a stunning catch at short extra-cover by Steve Smith.
His haul completed a notable family double with Marsh’s father Geoff, the former Australia opener, having marked his World Cup debut by scoring a hundred against India in Madras (Chennai) in 1987.