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T20 International England v Sri Lanka, 6pm BY DEAN WILSON EOIN MORGAN wants to reward England's first sell-out crowd of the summer with a Twenty20 vision light years from their carnage on tour.

From Ashes whitewash to the World T20 shambles against Holland, England's travails abroad last winter were best viewed from behind the sofa.

But their faithful public will fill the Kia Oval for this evening's T20 shoot-out against world champions Sri Lanka with stand-in skipper Morgan admitting: "We owe the fans."

Morgan, who could land the T20 captaincy full-time to ease the burden on Stuart Broad, expects the 'real' England to show up. "We will be very competitive," he said. "It is an important game for us after everything that happened in the winter.

"To win would go a long way towards repaying them and we want to set the tone for the summer. There's a huge opportunity for individuals right down the order, batting and bowling.

"If somebody puts in a match-winning performance against a side we're going to be playing the first half of our season against, it's going to go a long way."

English cricket is competing for airtime this summer against a football World Cup, Andy Murray defending his Wimbledon title, the Commonwealth Games and the Tour de France passing through Yorkshire and London.

An encouraging start towards sunset in Kennington will strengthen Morgan's case to become Twenty20 skipper full-time.

He added: "A leadership role is something I would be inclined to take on."

One of England's first tasks is to find an antidote to Sri Lankan slingshot Lasith Malinga, who captains the tourists tonight with the dangerous Tillakaratne Dilshan ready to strike with the bat.


CAPTAINCY CYC Eoin Morgan Y Eoin Morgan could be full-time skipper

DANGERMAN Sri Lanka star Tillakaratne Dilshan
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:May 20, 2014
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