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Morgan: This is our chance

Stand-in skipper Eoin Morgan insists England's Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Tuesday is an excellent chance for players to catch the eye of the selectors and cement their places in the side.

England face the touring Sri Lankans in a T20 game ahead of five One Day Internationals and two Test matches which conclude next month.

And Morgan has urged his team to put on a performance, which he hopes will go some way towards repaying the fans for disappointment during the winter Ashes series against Australia.

"There's a huge opportunity tomorrow for individuals right down - batting and bowling and certainly collectively as a unit," Morgan said.

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

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"I think it is (going to be a massive game) just having heard that it is going to be a sell-out crowd.

"There's always great support here from the English fans and it's great to see that it's no different this summer.

"A win would go a long way to repaying (the fans) for what happened over the winter and would start off our season properly."

England lost three T20 matches out of four during the recent World T20 in Bangladesh but their only victory in Group 1 came against Tuesday's opponents who eventually won the tournament.

Morgan believes England's overall performance in Bangladesh merited better results and insists the team will keep on persevering.

"If you look back to our T20 World Cup performance we put in some outstanding performances but never got the results and that started right from the very first game," he said.

"That's incredibly disappointing as a side when you do play some really good cricket but don't get the rewards.

"Then again, that's the nature of professional sport - just because you work hard doesn't mean you're going to do well or be rewarded for it, but we'll continue to work hard and fight as a squad and hopefully those results will come along the way."

England: (from) Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.

Sri Lanka: (from) Lasith Malinga (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjan, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachithra Senanayake, Suranga Lakmal, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ajantha Mendis.