Morgan eager to combat Johnson

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Captain Eoin Morgan has acknowledged the threat posed by Australia seamer Mitchell Johnson, across the remainder of this month's five-match ODI series.

Captain Eoin Morgan has acknowledged the threat posed by Australia seamer Mitchell Johnson, across the remainder of this month's five-match ODI series.

While the first match was washed out without a ball bowled in Leeds, the Aussies managed an 88-run triumph in the second match in Manchester – thanks largely to Johnson's two key wickets.

The third fixture in Birmingham on Wednesday was lost to inclement weather too, but not before Johnson reasserted his authority with the telling removal of the in-form Kevin Pietersen.

"I think Mitchell is bowling all right at the moment. He bowled well in the last game, and we know his capabilities. We've played against him for years," said Morgan, who is leading the side in the absence of the rested Alastair Cook.

"We know when he bowls well, he is pretty dangerous. We are aware of the fact he is a wicket-taker and probably the guy who leads their attack at the moment.

"I think it works both ways, though. We've played against him long enough to know that when he is at his best he is very, very good – but if he gets it wrong, he gives you enough scoring opportunities to capitalise."

Swalec Stadium in Cardiff and the Rose Bowl in Southampton will host matches four and five on Saturday and Monday respectively.

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