Morgan remains wary of Malinga

The Bolton News: Eoin Morgan, right, will again captain England's Twenty20 side in Stuart Broad's absence on Tuesday Eoin Morgan, right, will again captain England's Twenty20 side in Stuart Broad's absence on Tuesday

Eoin Morgan's task at The Oval is to ensure England tame the threat of his opposite number Lasith Malinga for a second match in succession.

Malinga was yet to become Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain when England - Morgan and centurion Alex Hales to the fore - got the better of the subsequent world champions in Chittagong at the end of March.

That was to be the only time Sri Lanka lost in the entire ICC World Twenty20 campaign, Malinga taking over as captain for the latter stages in the absence of the out-of-form Dinesh Chandimal.

For the rematch, at a sold-out Oval on Tuesday night, Morgan will make it his business once again to try to stop the fast bowler making his accustomed impact on proceedings.

Morgan and Hales shared a stand of 150 as England successfully chased 189 for four last time - despite losing their first two wickets without a run on the board.

Malinga was wicketless, in four overs which cost 31 runs, while Nuwan Kulasekara instead did the damage.

But Morgan knows the 'slinger' remains a major threat.

England, he believes, must mix caution with adventure to stop him dictating terms.

"He still causes problems," Morgan said. "He's a world-beater on his day, and we'll take precautions against him.

"But the precautions we take will have an attacking mentality."

"He has been the wicket-taker for a long period for Sri Lanka, so finding your own way of negotiating his wicket-taking deliveries is up to everyone."

England will be watched by 24,500 at The Oval, and Morgan is hoping they can repay that support as they try to put their miserable winter of Ashes whitewash - and other setbacks - behind them.

"We have always had great support - even when we travel around the world and the arenas are not full.

"Every time we come home, it has always been to a packed stadium.

"That's great. It shows how much we cherish the game, and we are excited to get going and play in front of a full house."

Should England prevail again, it will do no harm to Morgan's claims to be permanent captain.

He is deputising here in place of the injured Stuart Broad, but said: "Certainly, a leadership role is something I would be inclined to take on - I quite enjoy leading.

"I have taken on the captaincy at Middlesex in Twenty20 and one-dayers.

"It has been brilliant - a bit of a challenge but really exciting - and when I have done it at international level I have really enjoyed it."

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