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Blend of youth and experience encourages Morgan

Watch Eoin Morgan and Michael Clarke in their pre-series press conferences at Headingley

Eoin Morgan believes England’s new faces will be able to gain much from their senior team-mates throughout the NatWest Series with Australia.

Chris Jordan and Jamie Overton could each make their international debuts in the coming days, while the five-match rubber also represents an excellent opportunity for the likes of Ben Stokes, Boyd Rankin and Michael Carberry - who presently boast eight ODI caps for England between them.

Morgan, who turns 27 on Monday, will captain England in the absence of Alastair Cook and is looking forward to leading by example.

The left-handed middle-order batsman also highlighted Kevin Pietersen - comfortably the most capped member of England’s squad - as someone whose experience will prove invaluable.

“Everybody’s aware of the responsibility that’s on their shoulders and what’s expected,” said Morgan.

“We’ve a young, talented, exciting team playing in this series and it can be a stepping stone looking ahead to the 2015 World Cup because obviously we want to win that - it’s a huge goal of ours.

“You can get the senior guys to buy into something and the younger guys fall in behind them. It’s something that’s worked really well over the last number of years. If we can do that in this series I think we’ll be successful.”

Elaborating on Pietersen’s potential input as a senior player, Morgan added: “Kev offers a hell of a lot as a senior player and as a batsman.

“As a senior player he leads by example with the confidence in which he goes about his business. People rub off on that and that's crucial.

“When I first came into the team he was one of the more senior players and he was a guy you could turn to and ask difficult questions or have no hesitation in turning to him for a positive option. In that regard I think he's fantastic to have in the squad and back in for the one-day series.”

Despite witnessing a 3-0 home victory in the Investec Ashes, Morgan is expecting to come up against stiff opposition from an Australia side ranked two in the ICC ODI rankings - one place above England.

“I think it’s always competitive. I’ve never had a dull series playing against Australia in any form,” he added.

“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s two good sides and hopefully it will be a very competitive series.”

Australia captain Michael Clarke outlined the importance of victory to his side, who have only recorded one triumph over England - in last week’s first Twenty20 meeting - so far this summer.

“We’re trying to move forward; we’re trying to improve in the one-day format and get back to being the number-one one-day team in the world. That’s why it’s important to win this series,” he said.

“There are some new faces and plenty of energy, which is nice, and for a couple of us who weren’t involved in the Twenty20s there was a chance to get away for a few days and freshen up.

“All the boys are really excited about this part of the tour and we’d love to leave the UK with a couple of wins under our belt.”

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