'Explosive' England can push India in ODIs - Morgan


Eoin Morgan has backed England's "explosive" one-day international side to push an under-pressure India close in their five-match series.

Alastair Cook's Test side were routed 4-0 late last year and all eyes will be on Virat Kohli after captaining that success as the superstar of Indian cricket assumes leadership of the white-ball sides in the wake of long-term skipper MS Dhoni standing down.

India's recent 50-over record at home is patchy. They have not won consecutive matches in their own backyard since whitewashing Sri Lanka in November 2014.

In contrast, England's efforts in the two shorter forms of the game have been transformed by Morgan in the past 18 months, prompting Kohli to brand his opponents "fearless" ahead of Sunday's series opener in Pune, but the touring skipper had his own description.

Morgan said: "I wouldn't say it's fearless, I just like to think we play in our own way. The group of players we have are very outgoing, they're very expansive and explosive.

"They do what they say they're going to do and stick to their natural game, which is quite an aggressive game.

"We're not trying to be somebody else. We're trying to be ourselves. Trying to be a different team doesn't work for us.

"As individuals it's about being yourself and being comfortable in your skin and that's something that's worked.

"If this side scores 275-300 it means we've fallen a long way short."

Though they will be under new leadership, India's struggles at home are not lost on Morgan.

"The challenge of winning in India is huge but it is not impossible," he said.

"It has happened recently. South Africa turned India over, New Zealand pushed them close. 

"It's nice to come to a country where there is hype and expectation not necessarily on us. One of the biggest challenges here is adapting to the conditions."