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England ready to adapt and rise to the challenge posed by India: Morgan

By David Clough

Eoin Morgan is confident England can deal with the unfamiliar and heightened white-ball challenge of India this month.

Morgan's England could hardly be approaching three Vitality T20s and three one-day internationals in any better heart after their 6-0 whitewash of Australia across the limited-overs formats.

However, the captain knows from personal and collective experience that India present a far different test to the one mustered by a depleted Australia.

Among those set to provide the hosts with plenty more to ponder is leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal - who took a career-best six for 25 as England suffered an alarming collapse of eight wickets for eight runs to lose by 75 the last time they ran into him.

Morgan acknowledges the examination ahead, but has faith that in-form England will adapt effectively.

He said: "When you play sub-continent teams, it normally exposes sides like us, South Africa and Australia to spin, reverse swing - different challenges to that we are normally used to.

"But we are in the middle of our summer and we have played a lot of cricket. I hope we will be able to deal with it.

"If you focus on one or two of them, say the spinners, it's more than likely it's the seamers who will go and get the wickets. They are a strong side and have other components to their game - it's going to be a difficult challenge."

As on their last visit to this ground, for the thrilling one-wicket win over Australia nine days ago, England will find themselves playing while their football counterparts are in World Cup action in Russia.

A big screen will again allow fans to split their allegiances - and if they are not in the field, England will be able to keep an eye on the match against Colombia via a TV in the physio's area adjoining the dressing room.

While the footballers were beating Panama 6-1 in their second group match, the cricketers got in a pickle - losing five quick wickets. But Morgan is not about to interpret any link in those contrasting fortunes.

"It won't be a distraction," he said. "In the car park there is a big screen and the crowd go and watch. The cheers were frequent in the Panama game - you don't have to be a miracle man to work out the score!"

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