England digs in over controversial T20 move

A defiant England captain Eoin Morgan said his team will continue to use coded messages from the dressing room to assist in on-field decisions.

Controversy erupted during the T20 series against South Africa earlier this week, where team analyst Nathan Leamon was spotted sending a series of messages from the dressing room balcony.

The messages, such as '4E' and '2C' gave Morgan information as to possible match-ups between batsmen and bowlers.

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Former England skipper Michael Vaughan immediately condemned the move, tweeting that "the world has officially gone nuts".

But Morgan isn't backing down.

"It's 100 percent within the spirit of the game," said Morgan.

"There's no real signals. There's always been constant communication, verbal or physical, from the changing room to us on field to help improve my decisions as captain and Jos Buttler's decision as vice-captain.

England analyst Nathan Leamon sends a message to Eoin Morgan in the T20 match against South Africa.

"It's about maximising information that we are taking in and measuring it against coaches recommendations, the data of what's going on."

Morgan said there's no reason not to continue with the signals.

"There weren't many decisions that varied from mine. There were three in the first game, two in the second and a couple in the third.

"We're definitely going to continue with it and give it an enough sample size to see if it makes a difference or improves our decision-making on the field or our performance."

Morgan, who captained England to their first World Cup title last year, isn't fazed by suggestions the messages undermine his position as leader, taking a less than subtle dig at those who criticised the move.

"I think captains are different. You get captains that enjoy the title and the power and the accolades that go with it," he said.

"Then you have other captains that continue to be pushed and want to learn for the benefit of the team.

England captain Eoin Morgan lifts the World Cup trophy.

"For me this is a system we want to use to try and help myself and the other leaders within the side almost take a little bit of the emotion and the feel of the decision-making on the field and compare it to the hard data that is continuing to feed information to us on the field."

In his column for the Telegraph, Vaughan wrote that he wouldn't have allowed any off-field intervention when he was in charge.

"If I were the England captain and the analyst suggested sending messages to me through signals from the dugout he would get short shrift," he wrote.

"Absolutely no chance would I let that happen. I love innovation and always encourage new ideas and thinking but there is very little an analyst can tell you from the sidelines that you do not already know.

"I would be a bit worried that Eoin Morgan, a World Cup-winning captain, and Jos Buttler behind the stumps, cannot react instinctively to what is happening on the field."

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