<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Kevin Pietersen offers a lot as batsman and senior player: Eoin Morgan" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130905232421.jpg" title="Kevin Pietersen offers a lot as batsman and senior player: Eoin Morgan" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Eoin Morgan will lead England in the upcoming ODI series against Australia © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Sep 5, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> England batsman <a href="/tags/Eoin-Morgan/post" target="_blank">Eoin Morgan</a> says <a href="/tags/Kevin-Pietersen/post" target="_blank">Kevin Pietersen</a> will have an important role to play in the one-day international series against Australia, which starts at Headingley on Friday.<br /> <br /> With <a href="/tags/Alastair-Cook/post" target="_blank">Alastair Cook</a>, Ian Bell, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann all rested after a successful Ashes campaign, Morgan will lead some unfamiliar faces into battle against the tourists.<br /> <br /> Given the lack of experience in the England line-up, Morgan has urged 33-year-old Surrey batsman Pietersen to lead the way.<br /> <br /> "Kev (Kevin Pietersen) offers a hell of a lot as a senior player and as a batsman," Morgan told a press conference.<br /> <br /> "As a senior player he leads by example with the confidence with which he goes about his business. People rub off on that and that's crucial."<br /> <br /> "When I first came into the team, he was one of the more senior players and he was a guy you could turn to and ask difficult questions or have no hesitation in turning to him for a positive option."<br /> <br /> "In that regard, I think he's fantastic to have in the squad and back in for the one-day series."<br /> <br /> Despite the absence of Bell and regular captain Cook, Morgan said that Pietersen was not guaranteed to open the batting against the Australians.<br /> <br /> "It's certainly an option. Kev's (Kevin Pietersen) opened the batting for England before and done well," he said.<br /> <br /> "He also bats in the middle-order as a very explosive player. He's very versatile in that regard so we'll be looking at both options."<br /> <br /> Morgan said that whoever was selected to open the batting would be "filling big shoes".<br /> <br /> "Cooky (Alastair Cook) and Belly (Ian Bell) have been very successful now for a couple of years and they've been a huge part of our success as a one-day team," said the Irishman.<br /> <br /> "With the two new balls in one-day cricket it makes that role more difficult now, so it's an important role and one that we recognise needs filling."<br /> <br /> Sussex bowler Chris Jordan could make his England debut on Friday and Morgan says working alongside budding debutants has been the highlight of his role so far.<br /> <br /> "Those games [as captain] in particular I've really enjoyed. The things I've most enjoyed about them has been handing out caps to debutants, he said.<br /> <br /> "It's fantastic to see guys being rewarded for a lot of hard work over a number of years and being rewarded by pulling the England shirt on and that makes me smile every day."