Great energy within squad - Morgan
Eoin Morgan is adamant the NatWest Series will be no damp squib.
Tagged on the end of this Ashes summer, and between unprecedented back-to-back Test series against Australia this year, NatWest's final planned involvement in one-day international cricket is being perceived by some as a hard sell.
Morgan, however, begs to differ.
The Irishman is today set to lead his adopted country for the first time in a home ODI at Headingley - where an ominous weather forecast may well yet intervene and determine otherwise.
But whenever he begins his tenure as rested England captain Alastair Cook's deputy in this five-match series, Morgan is confident there will be much to play for and much to engage the public.
Asked if there might be a sense over the next 10 days of 'after the Lord Mayor's Show', Morgan said: "I don't think so... I don't think there's any danger of that.
"Within the squad, there's a great energy."
England's squad features a clutch of emerging cricketers and a nucleus of established players, and Australia too are much changed from the line-up which lost the Ashes - captain Michael Clarke one of just two likely ever-presents.
"I think you'll find within the two teams it's probably similar with the changes after the Ashes series," said Morgan, who points out the opportunities available to players who can make their mark.
"It's a young, talented and exciting team playing in this series.
"It can be a stepping stone looking ahead to the 2015 World Cup - we want to win that World Cup.
"At the same time, this series is going to be hard-fought.
"We need to turn up, produce our skill, and at crucial times we need to stand up and be counted.
"Everybody's aware of the responsibility that's on their shoulders and what's expected."
Among those will be his fellow Irishman Boyd Rankin, who marked his first ODI match for England with four wickets against his native country in Dublin on Tuesday.
"It's great to see the big man bowling well," Morgan said of the 29-year-old Warwickshire seamer.
"He's worked really hard at his game for a long time now, and he's been injury free as well - which has given him a help to learn as he's played.
"Seeing him bowl well against Ireland the other day was very good."