Cricket - England must learn lessons - Morgan

Eoin Morgan believes England can learn from their previous one-day tour of India as they prepare for the third one-day international in Ranchi.

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Cricket - England must learn lessons - Morgan

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Eoin Morgan says cricket in India is 'indescribably big'

The Dublin-born batsman, who was not part of the side that lost 5-0 in the winter of 2011 because of a shoulder injury, said: "The only blip we have had since Alastair (Cook) took over as captain was the last trip we had here and we learnt a lot of lessons from that.

"When we were here last we went away from our principles of taking the emotion out of that game and concentrating on what we do best: concentrating on us as a team and our strengths and not getting distracted by other things."

He added: "It is certainly different to what we are used to playing back in England.

"Cricket in this country is huge, it is indescribably big. Everything that surrounds it is fanatical.

"Even the trip from the airport to the hotel seeing the streets lined like that just for a team turning up was amazing."

The level of fervour is even greater in Ranchi, the home town of India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni that is hosting its first-ever international fixture with the current five-match series level at 1-1.

Yet Morgan does not feel the glare of the spotlight will have an adverse effect on Dhoni, who is hot property all over the country.

"I think he is always going to be under pressure. He is the captain of India," said Morgan.

"He has 1.2 billion people on his shoulders. He is a captain of a massive nation. The pressure is always going to be there. Being back in his home town might even give him some more pride to play for."

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