England v Australia: Eoin Morgan relishes biggest test yet

Eoin Morgan in action against the Kiwis at the Ageas Bowl earlier this summer. Picture: Robin Jones
Eoin Morgan in action against the Kiwis at the Ageas Bowl earlier this summer. Picture: Robin Jones
Jonny Bairstow, right, thanks skipper Eoin Morgan. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Eoin Morgan has challenged England to kick on in the Royal London One-Day Series against world champions Australia.

The skipper will lead his young team out at the Ageas Bowl tomorrow afternoon – as they aim to launch the five-match tear-up with a victory.

It’s a great opportunity to see our younger guys get tested against one of the best sides in the world

Eoin Morgan

England chalked up a series win over World Cup runners-up New Zealand earlier this summer.

Now they face the best in the business – Australia.

Morgan said: ‘It’s a great opportunity to see our younger guys get tested against one of the best sides in the world.

‘We’re at a completely different phase in our development with our team and our squad compared to Australia, so it’s certainly going to be a good test.’

Morgan took over the captaincy before the World Cup, which ended in humiliation as England were dumped out in the group stage.

But a new-look team was picked for the series with New Zealand and they responded with a 3-2 victory.

Morgan said: ‘The performances from the team are getting better with each game and my development as a captain is coming along.

‘I’m learning along the way as my thoughts and ideas are being implemented.’

Australia’s new one-day skipper Steven Smith is ready for England’s attacking brand of cricket.

He said: ‘The way they played against New Zealand was really good, they took the game on.

‘Moeen Ali recently said they’re trying to play quite similarly to the way we play.

‘We know how they’re going to play.

‘We’ve just got to make sure we take our opportunities.’

England went down by three wickets to the Kiwis at the Ageas Bowl earlier this summer.

Tomorrow’s 50-over showdown begins at 2pm.