Morgan ready for hard choices

09 October 2018 05:24:16 EST

Captain Eoin Morgan has warned that even his place in the England one-day international line-up is not a given, as he prepares for the start of the series in Sri Lanka.

The 32-year-old left-hander has overseen a huge upturn in England's fortunes since the last World Cup in 2015 and his team are currently the favourites to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, as well as being ranked as the number one team in ODI cricket.

I'm more than capable of making a tough decision.

Eoin Morgan

However, he says that there can be no room for complacency from any member of the set-up, with Morgan and co set to face the Islanders in the opening one-dayer in Dambulla on Wednesday.

He told Sky Sports: "It is a brave call, but we have come a long way with this team and we need to put ourselves in the best position in order to be contenders.

"If that means I am not good enough to be in the team as a captain or as a player, I will be the first one to say it - I'm an honest guy. I'm more than capable of making a tough decision.

"I've dropped myself in the past to create opportunities for guys and see if they can play at international level, or given them an extra chance to prove themselves.

"When you drop yourself as a captain it sets the tone and example of 'nobody's place is cemented'.

"We are trying to build a squad of 16 or 17 to try and win a World Cup, that's the objective."

Morgan, who has passed 50 in four of his last seven ODI innings, is 9/2 to be top team batsman on Wednesday and is 14/1 to be named man of the match, with England 2/5 to win the match.

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