Eoin Morgan backs 'brilliant' T10 format

England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has enthusiastically backed cricket's "brilliant" newest format after turning out for Kerala Knights in the T10 League in Sharjah. Morgan suggested that T10 is the closest cricket will get to baseball, and ...

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