Morgan: We must do better

12 June 2018 13:05:43 EST

Skipper Eoin Morgan has told his England team that they will 'have to be better' if they are to win their opening one-day international against Australia at The Oval.

The Three Lions suffered a chastening six-run defeat at the hands of Scotland on Sunday and have had only a few days to react to that loss before they take on the Baggy Greens in a five-match ODI series.

We will have to be better against a strong Australian team.

Eoin Morgan

Ahead of the series opener on Wednesday, Morgan was calm about the reverse in Edinburgh and urged his players to learn the lessons of how they come unstuck against the Saltires.

He told BBC Sport: "There is still a lot we need to learn and we need to expose some of our weaknesses in order to be in contention for the World Cup this time next year.

"Looking back at our bowling we probably missed our lines and lengths a little bit, so we want to adjust that and we will have to be better against a strong Australian team."

"It's never a good thing when you lose, but you've got to take the learning process from it," he added on Sky Sports News. "It's no good losing the lesson and the game - you've got to take something from it."

Jos Buttler returns to the England fold after being rested for the clash with Scotland and he is likely to take over the wicketkeeping duties from Sam Billings.

England, who defeated Australia 4-1 in a winter one-day series Down Under, are 8/13 to win the first ODI on Wednesday and are 1/66 to claim an overall series victory.

Buttler is available at 10/1 to be top team batsman for the hosts, with Edinburgh centurion Jonny Bairstow 3/1.

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