England ready to go - Morgan
Eoin Morgan is hoping England will continue to benefit from their meticulous focus on preparation when the one-day international series with India begins next week.
Victorious on Indian soil in a Test series for the first time in almost 28 years prior to Christmas, Alastair Cook’s men will look to secure another notable triumph in the 50-over format.
Morgan, captain for the squared Twenty20 series that followed England’s Test triumph, did not feature in the five-day matches, but was still part of a squad that arrived on the sub-continent in October.
With several other members of the ODI party having spent time in India with the England Performance Programme, Morgan believes the tourists are ready to deliver once again.
“The majority of our preparation has been done pre-Christmas,” he said. “A lot of us have been here since the 25th, 26th of October and the guys that weren’t spent three or four weeks here before Christmas preparing under these conditions, which are very different to what we are used to back home.
“Over the next few days it will just be the necessary top-ups in different areas of our games.
“We’ve seen in series in the past, like the Ashes for instance, when we’ve gone out to countries like Australia and done really well having been there for three or four weeks prior to the first game.
“It’s held us in good stead in the Test matches and the T20s, so hopefully it will be the same for the one-dayers.”
Although England are high on confidence, Morgan refuses to underestimate an India side that has come in for fierce criticism.
Back-to-back ODI defeats at the hands of rivals Pakistan has heightened the pressure on Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Co, but Morgan warned: “I don’t think it’s ever a good time to play India."
“We know how dangerous they are and how successful they’ve been in the past,” he continued.
“They’re World Cup champions and they might be going through a bad patch but they’ve some very dangerous cricketers and guys who can turn a game on its head at any moment.
“Looking forward to this series it’s going to be a tough challenge and it’s my first one-day series out here so I’m really looking forward to it.”