IPL 'ideal preparation' for World Cup, says England captain Eoin Morgan

‘The preparation they will have out there by competing against some of the best players in the world in a high-pressure environment is absolutely outstanding.

‘The conditions, the build-up, and putting yourself under more pressure leading into the World Cup is obviously going to help in the long run.

‘The tournament is ideal preparation for those England players that are involved.’

Morgan has helped transform England into the best one-day team in the world since the last World Cup and the hosts go into this summer’s tournament as favourites.

And the batsman has urged his team to seize the ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ that a home World Cup brings.

Following the tournament, England’s Test side will attempt to reclaim the Ashes against Australia.

‘The two teams are building up to a big summer, and you have guys who are in both squads that equally feel the importance of the Ashes and the World Cup,’ Morgan added.

‘The recognition from those players to say there is not a lot of difference between the two, and that it is a massive year, and a once-in-a-generation opportunity, shows there has been a shift in emphasis to one-day cricket in this country.

‘Our potential as a team over the last four years has certainly moved forward, with the desire to make 50-over cricket a priority, as opposed to an afterthought.

‘That has really benefited not just our team, but the game too, and that has helped to raise the bar.’

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