Morgan excited for Mills


England captain Eoin Morgan is looking forward to putting paceman Tymal Mills to work against Sri Lanka in Tuesday's Twenty20 clash with Sri Lanka but does not want to heap the Sussex man with too much pressure on his debut.

Mills battles a congenital back condition that limits his cricket career to T20, but Morgan was full of praise for the bowler and his professional approach.

Speaking ahead of the one-off T20 fixture at Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Morgan said of Mills: "I am excited, but at the same time you don't want to get so excited you put the guy under pressure.

"It's quite a relaxed atmosphere within the changing room and we want it to continue like that.

"Yes, we want to see him play for a long period of time. But you want to stay relaxed and calm so that he's in the same frame of mind as you are at the time.

"I've faced him before, and I know exactly what he can do. If he lives up expectations he'll be pretty dangerous."

Liam Dawson is also set for his T20 debut for England.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford wants his team to produce a good performance to make the flight home a bit more bearable.

The tourists are yet to win one of their eight matches across various forms during their tour of England.

But it will be a tough task against a vastly improved England, who Ford said are reaping the rewards of a renewed focus on shorter form cricket.

"Over the years I don't think England really paid enough attention to their white-ball cricket, Test cricket was what it was all about," he said.

"Now they seem to be putting an equal amount of attention into one-day cricket.

"I was always aware there were fantastically talented white-ball players, but they often didn't get picked.

"But now they seem to be getting the right guys in the right roles, producing some extremely exciting and dangerous stuff, and maybe that's something for us to look at and get some ideas about.

"Hopefully quite a number of our players have grown as cricketers even though we haven't had the results we wanted. Although we've come second I think there has been some progress."