England skipper Morgan puts series win above No. 1 ranking

Eoin Morgan has insisted England value a series win over India far more highly than remaining as the world’s top-ranked one-day international side.

England will stay at number one in the International Cricket Council’s standings even if they lose their series-decider against India at Headingley on Tuesday.

The England white-ball skipper, bidding to lead his team to World Cup glory on home soil next year, was in no doubt that a series win over India would be a bigger confidence boost than staying at the summit of the standings.

“Totally, totally,” he said. “They are a really strong side, like you’ve seen at times today (Saturday) and particularly at Trent Bridge (where India won the first ODI by eight wickets).

“So to beat them in a series would be quite significant, confidence-wise it would be quite significant.

“This winner-takes-all game, it’s brilliant. Having a game like this is crucial for us.

“We’ve got to give ourself that chance to play well.”AFP

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