By Will Jackson
England and India will line up against each other in five one-day internationals, starting on Monday, with preparations for the World Cup beginning to intensify ahead of the winter.
Morgan, who will be a key part of the side, said the results of the Test series may have a knock-on effect, but warned of a dangerous India side: “In series in the past when sides haven’t really changed, it has had a knock-on effect in series that follow.
“The India side probably won’t change that much so if we can get off to a good start and put in solid performances early on in the series, hopefully we can continue a successful run.”
He added: “It’s going to be a huge challenge; India are World Cup champions. It’s up to us and our responsibility not to let them play in the fashion that they do because we’ve seen in the past how destructive they are when they get going, so from our point of view we need to concentrate really hard on the skills that we have been very successful at in England over the last two to three years and pull them out.”
The left-hander also went on to say that, with the longer format of the game finished until April, the focus is now firmly on limited-overs cricket, with a busy schedule planned before a trip to Australia for the World Cup.
“Its all part of preparation, we have a huge winter ahead, it’s very significant that we’ve never had this amount of time to concentrate on one-day cricket so there’s no excuses," he said.
"There’s a lot of hard work ahead and fantastic preparations. We have one-dayers in Sri Lanka and a tri-series with Australia and India in Australia ahead of World Cup, so preparations will hopefully be brilliant and hopefully it will be a successful campaign.”