England batsman Eoin Morgan is excited about his chance to captain the side in the T20s against India, saying he wants to showcase his leadership skills as well as add some runs in his bid to get back into the Test side.
Morgan will lead the side in the absence of Stuart Broad, who misses out on the series after picking up a heel injury during the Tests and was thus forced to fly home early. Morgan hopes he will be able to do the armband justice, with the first T20 being played on Thursday.
The Dublin-born batsman said: "My expectations for the guys are quite evident - to perform and show the courage and skill that they have done in domestic cricket and produce it on the big stage.
"It's a great opportunity for me. Especially in these two games against one of the best sides in the world in their own back yard. It's certainly going to be a challenge but I'm looking forward to it."
He added of his Test prospects: "Given the opportunity to get back in the (Test) team, I'd back myself. I'm only going to do that through weight of runs. Everything starts tomorrow, it's my first opportunity in two or three months."
Morgan also backed the idea of former skipper Andrew Strauss, who played alongside Morgan at Middlesex before his retirement this year, joining the ECB as a consultant, saying: "It sounds like a great idea.
"When I first came into the team, Straussy was captain - and the amount I've learned from him both on and off the field, things about life in general, he certainly took me under his wing."
He added: "I used him [his advice] to maximum effect. The things I learned, if he can pass them on to younger guys coming through or the next guys in line, it will be a massive benefit for English cricket."