Cricket World Cup: Joe Root tips captain Eoin Morgan to impress

Eoin Morgan
Middlesex's Eoin Morgan replaced Alastair Cook as England's one-day captain in December

England batsman Joe Root has tipped captain Eoin Morgan to find his best form in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Root, 24, scored 85 in his side's four-wicket defeat by Pakistan on Wednesday in their final warm-up match before England face Australia on Saturday.

However, 28-year-old Morgan was out without scoring and has only scored two runs in his last four innings.

"He is one of the guys that you turn to when the pressure is on," Root said.

"He's done it so many times for us and I'm sure throughout this competition he's going to score a lot of runs."

In December, Morgan replaced Alastair Cook as England's one-day captain and scored 121 in his next one-day international against Australia in January, before his slump in form.

England's World Cup campaign
14 February v Australia28 February v Sri Lanka
20 February v New Zealand9 March v Bangladesh
22 February v Scotland13 March v Afghanistan

England play Australia in Melbourne in their World Cup opener, and are also in the same pool as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Scotland and Sri Lanka.

Dublin-born Morgan averages 36.30 in one-day matches for England, with 4,494 runs in 135 matches.

Asked if there was any reason to be concerned by Morgan's form, Root replied: "Not really. He scored a hundred not long ago. He's obviously a fine player and a fine leader.

"There's no bigger stage than Saturday. I'm sure he, as much as anyone in the squad, is really looking forward to getting out there and putting on a show."

Yorkshire batsman Root made 85 from 89 balls against Pakistan and is relishing his first World Cup.

"We want Saturday to come and we want to surprise people," Root added.

"We want to put in that performance that gets us a win and take on those 90,000 people at the MCG."

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