Can Eoin Morgan become a test player?

March 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm 3 comments

It is impossible to ignore the impact Eoin Morgan has had on international cricket. The England batsman has become a permanent fixture in England’s one day international and Twenty20 sides, producing a number of memorable displays along the way.

Most recently he helped England defeat Bangladesh in the second ODI to secure a 2-0 series lead with one game to play. Chasing 261 to win, England looked in trouble on 68-3, but Morgan played beautifully to record an unbeaten 110 off 104 balls.

He won the game in the penultimate over with his second six of the innings and after the game everyone was talking about the former Ireland international. Morgan had played superbly well and earned praise from captain Alistair Cook who said it was a “fantastic knock” under pressure.

However, it wasn’t the first time Morgan has made an impression on the international stage. It may well have been his first century for England, but he has won a game for his country before – hitting a 34-ball 67 against South Africa during the Champions Trophy in September 2009.

This was then followed by an unbeaten 45-ball 85 against the same opponents in a Twenty20 match as part of England’s tour this winter. Overall, his record in the shortest form of the game is very encouraging with an average of 59.

The innings against Bangladesh showed that he can help England finish games in the 50 over format too, so what about a future in test cricket? Can Morgan one day convert his obvious talent into something that would succeed in the five-day game?

In fairness to him, all the ingredients are there. He has an excellent temperament, he clearly plays well under pressure and, perhaps most important of all in the modern game, he plays with confidence and flair.

Morgan has something about him, just like Kevin Pietersen did when he burst on to the scene. Most England fans feel comfortable when he is at the crease as he knows his game, but he will also pull out an inventive or powerful shot at just the right time.

Morgan’s game at the moment does ideally suit the ODI and Twenty20 formats, but there is no doubt that he could become equally as affective in the test arena at some stage.

However, England’s World Twenty20 betting odds suggest they will struggle in the competition, despite the emergence of Morgan.

Meanwhile, in football news, Spain have secured their position as favourites in the World Cup online betting markets after a friendly win over France last night.


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  • 2. Cricket Live  |  June 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Why not? Just give him one chance to find out the answer.

  • 3. Cricket Live  |  August 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    A maiden Test ton from Eoin Morgan won the test match for England.. Well done Morgan šŸ™‚


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