Rusty Shah losing grip on England position as un-orthodox Morgan continues to excel

May 14, 2009 at 12:19 pm 3 comments

Eoin-Morgan_65292sWhen signing up for the IPL Owais Shah never expected the turn of events that have occurred since. He failed to earn a single appearance in the IPL, has seen Bopara take his place at 3 and poor form on his return has seen his future in the ODIs take a blow after consecutive poor innings. He has arrived back from the IPL £100,000 to the better, but cricketing wise it has all gone wrong for Owais Shah.

Owais Shah took the decision to join Sehwag’s Delhi Daredevils in the IPL but failed to break into the team due to the 4 overseas per team rule. He was joined on the sidelines by Paul Collingwood, who is in a different situation, with a secure place in all teams. This was a different situation to Bopara who was striving in his opener role in his franchise. Bopara was then given England’s number three role in the test team, which confined Shah to spend another week on his backside in South Africa. To make matters worse Bell struck a run of form to slot in as second choice for the number three position. Shah arrived back to Friends provident matches, with now only the opportunity to keep his place in the ODI team the only though possibly on his mind regarding England.

This aim did not start to well, a second ball duck was followed by 1 off 6 balls and at the time of writing he is hobbling along at a strike rate of 50 against the might Scotland attack. Hardly England form. At the other end there is a player at the opposite end of his England career. Eoin Morgan, born in Ireland, brought up playing for Middlesex, finally gets the chance to make the step from Ireland to England. At age 22, he is one of the most exciting players of the domestic game, earning a call up to the England ODI squad and the 15 man twenty20 squad. He has certainly caught the eye this week. The selectors looked to keep an eye on Shah, he lasted 2 balls, out came Morgan hoping t to stake a claim.

What followed was an amazing innings featuring some audacious shots not seen regularly in international cricket. His innings of 161, beautifully mixed un-orthodox with orthodox with some breathtaking shots. 17 of his runs came about with a reverse sweep or switch hit. It is something that comes more naturally to him than KP. His form has certainly earned him a place in the ODI in place of the injured Flintoff, but when Flintoff returns, it will most likely be a direct tussle between the two. The way Morgan plays his shots; he can be England’s secret weapon for the world T20. His style of play is a response to the field placements he is facing. When fields are open he will play his orthodox style, however, when the field is tight he will revert to his unorthodox play to keep the score board ticking. He has developed his game to score runs to all parts of the ground and that keeps him one step ahead of the bowlers.

Morgan definitely has a bright future in England colours, but if Shah doesn’t improve his form anytime soon then it could well be in place of his Middlesex team mate. With Middlesex facing elimination from the group stage it leaves Shah two more chances to show his quality, as he is out for 46 off 86 deliveries at the Citylets Grange.


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  • 1. Morph  |  May 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Have you got an agenda against Shah? Your language frequently suggests that his inability to break into his IPL team was down to his choosing, followed up by generally insulting about his performances this season thus far.

    Whilst his scores have been far from impressive, you have to remember that he is coming back into an environment where all his teammates and opponents have been playing competitive cricket for almost a month- what did you expect, centuries in all three innings?

    This does not make Shah a bad player- he is still someone who i feel has a lot of ability, especially where are one day team is concerned, as he provides a great deal of flair, invention and natural attacking intent lacking throughout our ODI team. I think i am right in saying that, statistically, he is our second best ODI batsman behin KP, arguably the worlds best ODI batsman.

    So kindly think a bit more before you post, and make sure you include both sides of an argument if you really want to make your point. Oh, and check your spelling and grammar for the first couple of paragrpahs.

    • 2. englandcricket1  |  May 15, 2009 at 11:59 am

      Firstly, I don’t have an agenda against Shah. I think that he is a terrific batsmen and one that has been one of England’s most consistent ODI batsmen. The point I am trying to get across is that since his call up to the test team his one day form seems to have suffered. And since returning from SA he hasn’t once looked comfortable. He is looking tentative and not playing with the same freedom. In the Scotland game he scored 42 off 86 but didn’t look at all comfortable. The point is that playing in the IPL instead of domestically in this country has left him rusty in the format and that could count agianst him.

      The form of Eoin Morgan will also leave the selectors with the decision of who misses out, someone in form in the FP trophy or someone not yet in form. As a result I feel that he is the most vulnerable if the management decide to make a change in the batting. I would like him to stay in the team (which I admit I should have made obvious in the article).

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