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Eoin Morgan open to fielding two England teams on the same day
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Eoin Morgan open to fielding two England teams on the same day

England captain Eoin Morgan has hinted at the possibility of fielding Test and white-ball teams on the same day at separate venues to meet the requirements of a condensed international schedule.

The Joe Root-led England Test side is set to compete against West Indies and Pakistan in the summer for three-match series each while Morgan's limited-overs unit will lock horns with Australia in July according to the original itinerary.

The coronavirus pandemic, however, has wreaked havoc on the sporting calendar forcing the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to postpone the start of the domestic campaign to May 28.

"I see every option being viable during this extraordinary time," Morgan told reporters during a conference call.

"Certainly I've never experienced anything like it and I don't think anyone else has. I think the serious nature of the situation economically and financially for the game is something that we have never come across."

The exponential increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom has led the government to impose a nationwide lockdown.

Amidst the backdrop of financial insecurities and potential losses, ECB chief executive Tom Harrison recently announced a £61 million aid package to help domestic sides and professional cricket in the country.

Morgan also indicated his teammates would adopt a flexible and understanding approach since the fate of future series is shrouded in uncertainty.

"Certainly from a players' point of view, we want to do as much as we can to try and keep things going," Morgan said.

"If there's an opportunity to play as much cricket as we can, I'd like to think every player would be behind it. I certainly am.

"But obviously times are still uncertain at the moment... Realistically we can't think about playing, when our first game will be, or how many we will play until the situation is downgraded from a pandemic."

During his time in self-isolation, the 33-year-old batsman is busy adjusting to life as a new father after his wife Tara gave birth to their first child, Leo.

"My wife gave birth to our first child three weeks ago so we have been preoccupied looking after the baby."

"We've been isolated for a bit longer than anyone else, which is really nice.

"We've been dealt a really good hand when it comes to things that are going on at the moment and have been bunkered away for a while, and haven't been under pressure to go off and play cricket, which has been really nice.

"It's been good fun and a very exciting time for us."