Eoin Morgan plans to keep England on front foot against Sri Lanka

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Eoin Morgan has an unshakeable plan, to start this summer as he did last - with a statement of intent about England's white-ball future.

It is barely more than 12 months since England, washed up after their miserable early exit from the 2015 World Cup, reported back for duty at Edgbaston to take on New Zealand.

At the start of that high-octane five-match Royal London Series, they responded with a record total of 408 for nine - on the back of hundreds from Joe Root and Jos Buttler.

They beat the Kiwis 3-2, have since lost to Australia at home and South Africa away by the same margin - but in between beat Pakistan 3-1 in the United Arab Emirates, and then reached the final of the ICC World Twenty20 in India.

There was also a brilliant run chase against New Zealand, including Morgan's last ODI hundred, at Trent Bridge - venue for this summer's first Royal London match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

The captain is adamant the progress begun a year ago, and sustained so far since, will not be allowed to stall.

"I don't think it will be lost," said the Irishman.

"We're trying to change the mentality.

"The [old] mentality is that if you're getting beaten around the park, you try and bowl tight and move things around - but actually trying to get the batsman out is still a priority.

"The same with the bat, if we're three down and you get presented with a half-volley, you still do it.

"It's part and parcel of changing the mindset of the side."

England's opponents will inevitably be sparing a thought for absent team-mate Shaminda Eranga, when they take the field in Nottingham.

Eranga is still in Dublin undergoing tests to identify the cause of the raised heart-beat which prevented him bowling in Saturday's second one-day international against Ireland.

Angelo Mathews' team have had to return to England without him to begin a five-match series for which Eranga would have been unavailable in any case after the International Cricket Council ruled he needs remedial work on an illegal bowling action.

Mathews was the first to speak to Eranga, after he began to feel unwell at the weekend between innings.

"He was warming up - and just before we went on the field, he said 'something happened to me, can you touch my heart because it is beating fast?'.

"I felt something unusual, so I quickly called the physio (who) went for the doctor with him. It was a shocking incident."

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