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Eoin Morgan exclusive: England are a happy camp

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Eoin Morgan is pleased with the current atmosphere in the England squad and thinks the new coaching setup has made a big impact on the squad.

In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, the experienced batsman made it clear he's confident England's well-publicised troubles of last year’s Ashes tour are behind them.

Morgan said: “I think it was great to throw some ideas around and get some core values out there of how we want to approach the next six months and onwards really.

Importance of team spirit is clear

“It was great to hear views from everyone in the squad, even the young guys coming through had a lot to say and it’s brilliant.

“It shows there is a platform for an environment of guys that can come in and feel quite calm and relaxed, and feel like their opinion is valued.”

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Morgan is currently with the squad preparing for their seven-match ODI series against Sri Lanka and is now considered as one of the senior figures in the dressing room.

He's more than happy to play to the strengths of that role, insisting: “The main role of a senior player is to bring guys through and lead by example, so again, buying into everything you believe in and the side believes in can be a very powerful message for the guys coming in.”

Dealing with spin has to be England's top priority

The batsman has made 100 ODI appearances for England and Morgan understands the role he can play in matches is vital for any success in the upcoming tour.

“It’s right up there with the first 10 to 15 overs in trying to not conserve wickets but again playing in a positive manner, setting up the innings.”

Morgan expects to face a lot of spin on the sub-continent and hopes to take inspiration from England’s test series victory in India back in 2012.

“Playing spin bowling was a huge part of it (winning the series)," Morgan believes. "Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen lead the way in that and I think if we can get guys like that fronting up in Sri Lanka we can certainly build a huge platform for the months ahead and the World Cup.”

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