We are in privileged position with the talent in our side: Morgan

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We are in privileged position with the talent in our side: Morgan

He was happy with how "dominant and ruthless" England were against Sri Lanka

England white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan was happy with how "dominant and ruthless" his team was against Sri Lanka in the T20I and ODI series. England whitewashed Kusal Perera and Co. 3-0 in the T20Is and would have done the same in ODIs if the final encounter wasn't washed out. 

Morgan also heaped heavy praise on seamers David Willey and Tom Curran. The latter took four wickets in the final ODI, while Willey was named Player of the Series. The left-arm paceman took nine wickets in three games at an average of 16 and an economy of 5.33.

"We were dominant today, and we are delighted as we were ruthless. That has been the trend in the T20Is and ODIs, the guys haven't taken things for granted. The guys were willing to show character and fight at Cardiff too. As a team we don't want to stand still," said Morgan.

"Willey has continued to add to his game. It was unfortunate for him to not be a part of the World Cup 2019 squad. He (Tom Curran) has bowled really well, but he was very unlucky in the last game. Today he managed to take four wickets. In the last two games he has nailed his lengths and taken advantage."

"We are in a privileged position with the talent in our side. We need to focus on our death bowling and certainly need to be more consistent in the middle overs. Those are the two areas we need to improve on before the World Cup."

Sri Lanka were bowled out for meagre 166 in the third ODI, with Curran picking up 4/35. Prior to this encounter, the right-arm seamer had taken only three wickets in his previous 11 ODI, but the 26-year-old claims he has been bowling as well as ever.

"I haven't felt like I've done anything different. It's a funny game. I've felt pretty good for a while, to be honest. I just haven't quite been getting the wickets. I don't think I've done much different. It's nice to contribute with a few wickets today," said Curran.

"The competition is always high. Everyone that has come in has put their hand up and bowled really well. All three games, the wickets have been shared around, obviously (Chris) Woakes with four then Sam (Curran) with five, but I think even the guys from the other end have bowled really well.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka failed to win even a single game throughout the tour and were no match to England. "It was a tough tour for us. We performed well in patches but it wasn't enough. We need to concentrate on our batting," said Sri Lankan captain Perera. 

"The boys have to trust their ability and need to express themselves and that's the only way to move forward. Lot of positives for us but we need to be consistent."

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