Morgan: 'Playing in India is a special experience'

After losing the Test series 0-4, England's looking for an improved show in the limited overs series against the host, India. Its skipper Eoin Morgan acknowledges the challenge of beating India at its backyard but is looking forward to it.

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England skipper Eoin Morgan greets his fans at a promotional event in Mumbai.   -  PTI

Ahead of its limited overs series, England captain Eoin Morgan on Sunday said it will be a big challenge for his team to beat India at home.

"Yes, I am really looking forward to it. Playing against India in India is a special experience. (They) are a strong side and hard to beat at home. I think, that's something we are looking forward to as a side (and) it's going to be a challenge.

"It is only a short series, but we think we can learn a lot from it," Morgan told reporters, while attending a promotional event with vice-captain Jos Buttler.

Buttler said the ODI series will be different from Tests. When asked if he can carry his form from Tests to ODIs, he replied: "Little bit, yes, obviously. Good to play before Christmas, we got used to conditions and stuff. But the ODI matches will be completely different. We have got a different side but every time you come, you have to re-adjust and get ready for the matches accordingly."

India will be led by its new limited overs skipper Virat Kohli, following the sudden resignation of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

"He (Kohli) is a natural successor. One thing we do as a side, (is) that we don't look at the opposition that much and focus firmly on ourselves and on what we need to do in this series."

England, which was comprehensively beaten in Tests, plays the first ODI in Pune on January 15.

"Any ODI series we play, we don't have a great deal of preparation going into it. So a lot of guys (players) do preparations in the lead up to a tour, which the guys have," Morgan said when quizzed whether two warm-up games were enough to adjust to the conditions.

Buttler believes that playing India in India is a great challenge.

"It's a great challenge (playing India in India). We are very lucky to come here and play as probably (it is one) of the best places to play in front of the crowds, it is a great challenge (and) everyone in our side is looking forward to that," said Buttler.

"Three months in the subcontinent before Christmas, practising against spin, we fairly had good preparation and are looking forward to the matches," said the 26-year-old right-handed batsman.

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