Monday, May 23, 2011

Eoin Morgan beats Ravi Bopara to England Test place

Morgan currently averages 32 in Test cricket
England have called up Eoin Morgan to take the place of Paul Collingwood in a 12-man squad for Thursday's first Test against Sri Lanka in Cardiff. Middlesex batsman Morgan was preferred to Ravi Bopara, whose ability to play as a fifth bowler had him as favourite.Morgan, who made 193 for England Lions against the tourists, is named along with county colleague Steven Finn."This is an opportunity for him to cement his place," national selector Geoff Miller told BBC Radio 5 live."Obviously there are one or two others, as we've always said we wanted, knocking on the door, but on this occasion Eoin got the nod.
"We've got a lot of players now who are just on the fringe there, in all areas with bat and ball and with the [wicketkeeping] gloves as well. There's plenty of opportunities for people to get in, but it's difficult because we will always be consistent."
Collingwood retired from Test cricket in January, following England's Ashes success in Australia, opening up a spot in England's middle order.
Dublin-born Morgan made his Test debut against Bangladesh last summer and went on to make 130 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.
The selectors kept faith with him for the winter tour to Australia but he was unable to force his way into the side during the Ashes series despite Collingwood's poor form, remaining as the squad's spare batsman. Read More...


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