Sandpapergate incident will galvanize the Australian side, feels Eoin Morgan

England have selected a full strength squad for the ODI series.

Morgan is looking forward to the ODI series against Australia. (AP)

England limited-overs' skipper  Eoin Morgan has recently aid that the Sanpapergate incident which tarnished the image of Australian cricket in recent times will galvanize the young Australian side without the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner. 

The England fixtures will be Australia's first international matches since a ball-tampering scandal during a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town in March led to the ongoing suspensions of then captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft. Australia will also be without all three members of their Ashes-winning fast-bowling attack — Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

Morgan also said that the defending World Cup champions will have one eye on the mega event that's slated to be played in England next year. 

"I think they will, with one eye on the World Cup, they will come with a strong performance," Morgan told reporters at an event in London on Wednesday to mark a year until the start of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

Morgan added: "So we're going to have bring our 'A game' to this series. It's going to be a good challenge for us moving forward."

Meanwhile, Morgan will play on with an injured finger in the sole ODI against Scotland and the ODIs which follow against Australia. 

"I have a small fracture in the ring finger of my right hand," Morgan explained. "I got hit in a game on Sunday at Somerset. It's disappointing, but it's not the worst news that could have come through."

England squads for both the Scotland ODI and the Australia series has been already announced. Buttler will miss the Scotland ODI while he will return for the Australia series. England will have an eye on the performance of Liam Plunkett whom they are trying to develop into a death over specialist going into the 2019 World Cup 

England squad for Scotland ODI 

Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

England squad for Australia ODI series 

 Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood


By Anshuman Roy - 31 May, 2018

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