England's new signal system within spirit of the game, says Morgan

England captain Morgan feels there is nothing wrong in receiving signals from analysts in the dressing room during limited-overs internationals.

Eoin Morgan at a nets session during the T20I series against South Africa.   -  GETTY IMAGES

England captain Eoin Morgan said there was nothing untoward about a new system of signals from analysts in the dressing room used to send messages to him on the field during limited overs internationals.

“It is 100 percent within the spirit of the game,” he told a news conference on Thursday as England looked ahead to the start of their three-match One Day International series against South Africa at Newlands on Friday.

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The system was used as England swept the three Twenty 20 internationals against South Africa with Englands analyst Nathan Lemon placing a series of large numbers or letters on clipboards, that were visible from the field, and were meant to help Morgan in his decision-making.

"There is nothing untoward about it. Its about maximising information we are taking in and measuring it against things, like the coachs recommendation or the data," Morgan said.

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"There's always been constant communication, verbal or physical, from the change room to the field to help improve my decisions as captain, to try and correlate the feeling of the flow of the game and what we feel are the right decisions against the data that weve already researched coming into the game and, as the game progresses, how that might change."

Morgan said not many of the signals had changed his on-field decision making during the three T20s against South Africa. "There were three in the first game, two in the second and a couple in the third so its nice to know that the majority of the decision actually replicates what we feel is right. England will continue to use the system," he added.

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