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Morgan confident despite Stokes blow

England head into their five-match ODI series without their form allrounder

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan is hoping the Test series win against Sri Lanka will provide the foundations for victory in the shorter format of the game, starting with the first ODI at Trent Bridge tonight (11pm AEST, Fox Sports 5).

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England have recalled Jonny Bairstow into the ODI side following his superb form, which saw him named man of the series in the 2-0 Test series victory against the Sri Lanka.

"It's an unbelievable start. Cookie (Test captain Alastair Cook) hands the baton over to me and hopefully I don't let him down," Morgan told reporters on Monday.

"Confidence is a big thing, and it's crucial to build on that confidence we've had going forward." 

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Morgan added that the absence of hard-hitting allrounder Ben Stokes through injury would be a big blow for the side.

"It does affect us because Ben bats at five, doing both roles very well," he added.

"We don't have an answer to back up at the moment, but it does create an opportunity for someone else."

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Sri Lanka will have to cope without paceman Shaminda Eranga, who was banned for an illegal action by the International Cricket Council on Sunday just hours after he had been taken to hospital to undergo tests on his heart.

Morgan said that though conditions have posed a challenge to Sri Lanka, he expects a tough fight in the shorter format of the game.

"They (Sri Lanka) have found it tough work since they came here, but ODI cricket comes more naturally to them," he said.

"They are ranked above us, so we won't take them for granted and we are looking to ourselves to build and put performances in."

England play Sri Lanka in five ODI's and a one-off Twenty20 game in Southampton on July 5.

'No need' for ODI revamp: Morgan

Morgan played down the need for a new global ODI league, saying the World Cup and Champions Trophy were appealing enough to attract audiences.

The International Cricket Council is set to discuss a new league of 13 teams at their annual meeting in Edinburgh later this month, with the top two finishers playing off in a final in a revamp of the ODI format, according to media reports.

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However, Morgan said the present 50-overs format was still exciting even with the emergence of Twenty20 cricket.

"I am not sure it needs it (the world league). Cricket is in a reasonable position at the moment," said the 29-year-old Irishman who captains England's white-ball teams.

"The Champions Trophy next year will highlight that. It is a great tournament whereby something is on every game. The World Cup goes on a lot longer."

Morgan said while he was in favour of growing the game in associate nations such as Afghanistan, his native Ireland and Scotland, scheduling fixtures in an already packed calendar remained a concern.

"It is interesting to see how the ICC get those games in ahead of different series when the schedule is already jam-packed but I am all for growing the sport," he said.

"The prospect of playing against associate nations more often and giving them as much cricket as possible is a really good way of growing your sport."

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