England to carry on with ‘coded data’ plan

England captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed he will continue to receive coded messages on the field during the one-day series against South Africa, stressing there is “nothing untoward” with sharing data.

Team analyst Nathan Leamon was spotted by television cameras showing letter and number combinations during the recent Twenty20 series between the sides, in a bid to provide Morgan with real-time information to feed into his decisions.

The innovation had been cleared with match referee Andy Pycroft but some – including one of Morgan’s predecessors as England skipper, Michael Vaughan – have been critical of the backroom intervention.

Morgan, though, is more than happy to trial the idea.

“There’s nothing untoward about it. It’s about maximising information that we’re taking in and measuring it against things – coaches’ recommendations, the data, things going on,” he said.

“We’ll definitely continue with it and give it enough of a sample size to see if it improves our decision making on the field or improves our performance.

“It might tell us more about how we understand information that we’re taking in during the game.”

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