Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Real Test lies ahead for Morgan

Eoin Morgan was the surprise selection as England named their Test squad for the Bangladesh series yesterday.

The 23-year-old Middlesex and former Ireland batsman replaces Paul Collingwood — while his county colleague Steven Finn can also contemplate a first Test in this country on his home ground, thanks in part to Stuart Broad's absence.

Collingwood injured a shoulder whilst captaining England to World T20 glory in the Caribbean while Broad is being rested.

Morgan will definitely make his Test debut if England pick their full complement of six batsmen. Should they instead go with an extra bowler, Yorkshire pair Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad will both be involved.

“We have obviously seen much of Eoin's potential in one-day situations, and we hope he can transfer what he does there into five days. He has an opportunity to show us he can do that,” said national selector Geoff Miller.

“We know his strength of character. He now has the chance in the Test format.”

Andrew Strauss returns, as planned, to captain in a two-Test series against Bangladesh which begins at Lord's on Thursday.

The selectors, with next winter's Ashes in mind, have decided Broad requires a short rest from match action to undertake “strengthening work”.