England skipper Eoin Morgan has called for spinning pitches in the upcoming ODI series against Australia to assist the world champions' preparations for the 2023 World Cup in India.
Morgan is anticipating a turning wicket at Old Trafford on Friday with the dry weather conditions over the next week expected to help the slow bowlers.
England have Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali in their spin bowling arsenal and the duo will be looking to stifle the Aussie batsmen once the series begins.
The home side's template for ODI success has largely revolved around destructive batting displays accompanied by strong bowling performances from the pace attack, which ensured them the World Cup triumph last year.
However, the next showpiece event is due to be held in India in three years' time and Morgan feels having slow surfaces at home would benefit the team in the long-run.
"It's a huge benefit to us playing at Old Trafford, particularly if we play on the wicket I think we're going to play on which will hopefully be slow and take a lot of turn," he said in a video press conference.
"That's the sort of wicket we will be more than likely to play on in India in the World Cup of 2023 and to play on that for a period of time will expose us in different areas we need to get better at.
"Over the course of the last four-and-a-half years we have had to wait to play at Cardiff or Old Trafford or go away on tour to experience those conditions. So hopefully a little more of that will help us get better at what we need to do on those sort of pitches."
England have so far had the upper hand across the limited-overs assignment against Australia as they clinched the T20I series 2-1.
They are yet to lose a series – Test, ODI or T20I – since the resumption of cricket following the coronavirus-induced hiatus and would be hoping to finish the summer on another dominant note.