Rain wipes out play in 1st ODI between Sri Lanka and England

Mark Wood during an England training session

Mark Wood during an England training session

Last time they were in Sri Lanka to play a one-day series things were far less rosy than they are now. It's about trending in the right way and building a core group of players - a squad of 15/16/17 guys who we can hopefully call upon. If that means I'm not good enough to be in the team, both as a captain or as a player.

"I think the guys enjoy the pressure of being the No1 side and people wanting to beat us".

Rain wiped out play after just 15 overs of the first one-day worldwide between Sri Lanka and England on Wednesday.

Morgan attracted criticism from some, including former England captain Michael Vaughan, when he stepped aside from a Twenty20 decider against South Africa in 2017 to take a look at the likes of Liam Livingstone and Dawid Malan. The 32-year-old, though, is clear that he must continue putting the greater good first.

The 32-year-old Morgan said: 'In the past I've dropped myself to create opportunities for guys in order to see if they can play at worldwide level, or give them an extra chance to prove themselves. England are now ranked the No. 1 ODI side in the world, while Sri Lanka, the original punk-rock aggressors in the format, have sunk to depths unimagined since their watershed victory at the 1996 World Cup. It's not an individual trying to get runs, not an individual trying to get wickets. It's a team collective everyone must be prepared to buy into'.

But that's a tag that Three Lions star Jos Buttler is relishing.

Meanwhile, Alex Hales has agreed to play in the Bangladesh Premier League, two years after declining to tour the country with England on security grounds.

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Buttler stepped in for Morgan again yesterday, but this time it was only for pre-match media duties at the Ranjiri Dambulla International Stadium.

For Sri Lanka, they would like to put the forgetful Asia Cup campaign behind them and start afresh.

"I remember coming here in 2014 a little bit later [during November-December], but I do remember the forecast being the same every day, and we managed to miss the rain last time", Morgan said.

England had reached 92 for 2 after being asked to bat, but a heavy storm swept in and despite the entire playing surface being covered, the umpires eventually deemed a wet outfield unsuitable for a shortened game.

Morgan has previously left himself out of England white-ball sides to allow others a chance - Jos Buttler has taken on the captaincy - and if he does not feel he is contributing enough to the team cause it is a move he would making even at a World Cup.

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