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by Manuj Sharma Friday 13 February 2015
Skipper Eoin Morgan, who will be leading England in a World Cup for the first time, backed his team to reverse the trend against Australia in their tournament opener on Saturday. Since 2000, the two teams have played each other 27 times in One-Day Internationals in Australia with England having won just five. The 28-year-old stressed on the need to stay calm under pressure during such a high intensity game at a big-capacity venue like the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). “What we must do is focus on what we do best,” he said.
“We should not be striving for a formula that is not ours.
“The fact is that the majority of us have been in series where we have beaten Australia.
“We have not been worn down by them winning.” Mentioning opening batsmen Moeen Ali and Ian Bell along with the talented James Taylor as the key players in England’s batting department, Morgan also tipped England’s seamers led by James Anderson to make an impact.The England captain who has been going through a lean patch with just 132 runs from his last eight innings, seemed unaffected by his personal form.“I have been through bad patches. I had one before Christmas, but then I played in the Big Bash and turned it round.
"I don’t have to look that far back to reconnect with what has worked well for me.
“I can take a lot of confidence from that hundred in Sydney for example. I just find it really easy to reconnect with the past and what I do well."
Since 2007, both the teams have played each other 15 times in Australia with England managing only two wins out of it.Meanwhile Australian captain, Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the opening game against England.© Cricket World 2015