Morgan wants ODI team to take the next step


England ODI captain Eoin Morgan believes the five-match series against Australia will be good chance for his young squad to test themselves against the best team in the world.

The Rose Bowl will be the venue for the first ODI between the teams on Thursday and Morgan is excited to see what they can offer against the world champions.

Morgan, who led England to victory in a one-off T20 against the Aussies in Cardiff on Monday, says he himself is still developing as a leader.

England beat New Zealand three-two in an exciting 50-over series earlier in their summer after a disastrous World Cup campaign, now Morgan wants to see his side step up their development.

The 28 year-old Morgan told reporters: "It's a great opportunity to see our younger guys get tested again against one of the best sides in the world.

"We're at a completely different phase in our development with our team and our squad compared to Australia so it's certainly going to be a good test.

"I think the performances from the team are getting better with each game and my development as a captain is coming along. I'm learning along the way and my thoughts and ideas are being implemented."