Morgan targets whitewash

Left-hander hoping to finish with a flourish in Dubai

By Joe Drabble - Twitter: @SkySportsDrabs.   Last Updated: 20/02/12 6:20pm

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England batsman Eoin Morgan believes a whitewash victory over Pakistan would be the perfect riposte to the team's 5-0 defeat in India back in October.

A fourth successive one-day triumph over Pakistan in Dubai on Tuesday would complete a remarkable turnaround from the tourists, who crashed to a shock 3-0 defeat to their opponents in the preceding Test series.

But, instead of citing revenge as their motivation in the one-dayers, Morgan believes last year's hammering in India, for which he was unavailable, was a major learning curve for the team.

He said: "The stint we did in India - when I wasn't there - pegged us back a long way. So we're starting from scratch in terms of playing in this part of the world.


"We've got off to a fantastic start. But it comes back to a case of not getting carried away with where we are or where we want to be. Where we are is fifth in the world; where we want to be is number one in the world by the World Cup in 2015."

The Middlesex star hinted there could be some new faces in the England side for the fourth and final ODI, but insisted victory over Pakistan remains the priority.

Asked whether there is a temptation to include the likes of Jonathan Bairstow and Jos Buttler in the team, Morgan added: "There's certainly an opportunity and we do want to win 4-0 and if the opportunity arises we could give players a bit of experience, but the priority is to win the game.

Pakistan have been badly-affected by illness in the camp ahead of the final match.

Batting duo Younus Khan (illness) and Imran Farhat (groin) are doubts, but coach Mohsin Khan is more concerned about the issue of homesickness for a team whose country is in such turmoil that they must play home matches hundreds of miles overseas.

"Nothing can take homesickness away," he said.

"You can live in a palace. But if you live in a small two-bedroomed house, your home is always your home."

Join for interactive text commentary of the fourth one-day international from 10.30am GMT on Tuesday.

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