Monday 23 October 2017

Cricket: England not scarred by Ashes mauling - Morgan

Morgan: Hoping for good start
Morgan: Hoping for good start

Eoin Morgan does not fear that England's Ashes humiliation will be a factor when the tourists ramp up their World Cup preparations against Australia over the next month.

Many of England's one-day international squad may still be reeling from their 5-0 Ashes whitewash, but Morgan -- one of seven new names to join the touring party for the five-match ODI series -- knows they can not afford to dwell on the mistakes of the longer format.

That may be easier said than done, with barely a week passing between the 281-run fifth Test defeat and tomorrow's ODI opener in Melbourne, although former Ireland star Morgan has not sensed any malaise.

Asked if the players he has joined were showing any signs of being scarred by their Ashes defeat, he insisted: "Absolutely not. The guys are good. We've had six or seven fresh faces come into the side who have brought a lot of energy.

"The guys are chomping at the bit to get involved. There's about 400 days before the World Cup starts and it starts here in Melbourne. The platform we build here is really important.

"It's important that we do learn from any mistakes, that we do make and build confidence down in this part of the world."

Kevin Pietersen and James Anderson are among the front-line players rested for the entire series, while Stuart Broad will sit out the first two games. Morgan's former Ireland team-mate Boyd Rankin is expected to play.

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