England v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Lord's May 23, 2010

Morgan to debut as Collingwood and Broad rested

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Andy Flower's stated determination to rest his key players in a bid to avoid burn-out ahead of this winter's Ashes and World Cup became apparent when the squad for next week's first Test against Bangladesh at Lord's was unveiled on Sunday morning. Stuart Broad, the fast bowler with an integral role in all three forms of the game, has been given a break from the front line, while Paul Collingwood - the man who last week lifted the World Twenty20 trophy in Barbados - also gets a rest in order to begin rehabilitation on a long-term shoulder injury.

"We were all delighted and extremely proud of the way the Twenty20 squad performed at the ICC World Twenty20; their success is testament to a great deal of hard work," said national selector Geoff Miller. "The focus now shifts back to the longer form of the game and we look forward to the first npower Test against Bangladesh. We believe we've selected an exciting squad and, with Paul Collingwood and Stuart Broad taking no part in this series, the opportunity arises for a number of younger players to make a mark at Test level."

One of those players is Eoin Morgan, who should make his Test debut for England next week after being included in the squad. Morgan, the rising star of England's limited-overs sides, is a player whose temperament would appear, from his ice-cool approach to one-day run-chases, to be perfectly suited to the cauldron of Test cricket. His first-class record, though, implies a player who hasn't yet transferred his talents to the long-form game, and he has been a virtual stranger to Championship cricket for the past 12 months. His performances in the Tests will thus be an important marker in his development.

"Eoin Morgan has impressed everyone since his inclusion in England's one-day squad and he now has the opportunity to play a role in the Test team," explained Miller. "He has always held ambitions of playing across all forms of the game and we believe he has earned his place in this Test squad."

With Andrew Strauss returning to lead the side for the first time since the tour of South Africa in January, and James Anderson also back in the reckoning having sat on the sidelines during the Caribbean tour, England have been presented with a range of options against a Bangladesh side that, to judge from their ineffectual efforts against the Lions in Derby this week, are unlikely to prove the same sort of obstacle that they were in their own conditions in Dhaka and Chittagong in March.

Middlesex's Steven Finn, who made his debut on that tour, also comes in to the side and could play as a third seamer. Finn has been in impressive early-season form with his county, cashing in with 14 wickets in his first Championship outing of the season against Worcestershire. His development came on in leaps and bounds following his last-minute call-up to Bangladesh, and his height and pace could prove essential in Australia this winter.

"We were encouraged by Steven Finn's Test debut in Bangladesh during the winter and he has had a fine start to the domestic season for Middlesex," said Miller. "He is aware of what is involved at the international level and, along with Ajmal Shahzad, who has also made a bright start to the county season after touring Bangladesh over the winter, offers us a great deal of depth in the bowling ranks."

Despite his important role in the World Twenty20 triumph, Broad's omission could probably be justified on the grounds of form alone. Of all England's seamers, he was the one who struggled the most to make headway on Bangladesh's flat surfaces, and his once-promising batting has gone backwards to such an extent that Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann have both leapt ahead of him in the allrounder stakes.

A break could be just the thing to rejuvenate him, and as Miller explained: "There's a need for Stuart to undertake an intensive strengthening programme ahead of an arduous summer and a busy winter and the next three weeks have been identified as the ideal period for this programme."

Collingwood, however, presents a trickier case to the England management, not least because, as a trophy-winning captain, he is suddenly something of a drawcard for arguably the first time in his career. Furthermore, as a player who has spent most of his Test career with question-marks over his place in the side, he is unlikely to take kindly to the notion of being rested when he is in arguably the best Test form of his career.

Flower, however, is nothing if not a pragmatist, and he knows that Collingwood's dour grit will be invaluable in both the Ashes and the 2011 World Cup this winter, but only if his body is capable of taking the strain of two high-intensity campaigns. For several seasons, he has been dogged by a shoulder problem that is likely to require surgery at some stage in the near future, and though questions will be raised as to why, in that case, he was allowed to play for Delhi in the IPL, the new trophy in the ECB's cabinet might go some way towards answering that.

Bresnan's big-hearted efforts in Bangladesh were backed up by a display of unexpected nous and talent in the World Twenty20, and he is sure to get a chance to lead the line in a home international, and present his credentials as a long-term Test No. 7. Collingwood's absence also gives Jonathan Trott an opportunity to prove he's recovered from the crisis of confidence that gripped him in South Africa.

England squad: Andrew Strauss (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior (w/k), Ajmal Shahzad, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.

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  • POSTED BY Vishnu27 on | May 30, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    Rant0r: Andrew Symonds was certainly born in Birmingham. "Bred" is absolute make-believe. Khawaja and Henriques are Australian born & bred! What is your point? They have "foreign"/un-Anglo sounding names??

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    England seem unbalanced. The batting is very strong, with Swan and Bresnan batting at 8 and 9, but this looks like a bowling attack lacking in punch and experience - there's a lot of pressure on Finn and Bresnan. Both will need to perform as genuine strike bowlers. And without Collingwood, there is no obvious 5th bowler. Bell? Pietersen? I foresee Swan bowling some very long spells unless Bangladesh collapse.

  • POSTED BY Nervewrecker on | May 27, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    The imported players in the England team always manage to find some English ancestry. For me, your loyalty should be with the country where you are born and brought up, not where your grandmom's maternal uncle's father grew up! I pity the poor home grown players who grind it through the domestic ranks only to the pipped by a more talented import with some English ancestry.

  • POSTED BY Rant0r on | May 26, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Short memory Dax75 ? Andrew Symonds was born and bred in England.

    People move around a lot more these days, the Australian under 19's a couple of years ago had khawaja and Henriques in it. Countries are far more multicultural these days, England more so than most

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | May 25, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    TAKING EVERYTHING IN COSIDERATION I THING ENGLAND WOULD GET A HARD TIME WITH BANGLADESH BOWLING AND I AM SEEING A HARD TIME FOR MORGAN . DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE BANGLADESH. S.N.SINGH USA

  • POSTED BY MATT-EIP on | May 25, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Hmm Dirk Nannes may well be Aussie 'born', but not so much 'bred'. In any case it didn't stop him playing for the Netherlands after he failed to be selcected for Australia!

  • POSTED BY skillsy on | May 25, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    Just because it's within the rules doesn't make it right - often the rules are simply wrong. Because people can find a way round them doesn't make it right. OJ Simpson wriggled his way out of a murder charge with this sort of nonsense. Was he innocent?? Erm........

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | May 25, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    It surprises me that people are so touchy about Eoin Morgan who has been selected for the coming series against Bangladesh, not being a true blue Englishman. He is from Ireland as we know and is a further addition to the growing list of other countrymen settling in and then playing for England and not their own country as many feel they should.In this regard, I would like to point out that the famous Black Bradman, George Alphonso Headley, hailed from Panama and only opted to play for West Indies.he took to cricket by accident while on his way to the US to study all about dentistry. This will show that there have been instances in the past where players, even the greatest ones opted to play for another country as per their choice. This theory of having bred in purple cricketers is quite laudable in principle. But it should not deny the watching public the opportunity of witnessing the evolution of a modern great. It is early days yet but I think Eoin Morgan might just be that !

  • POSTED BY Dax75 on | May 25, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    @ Lucyferr, yes there is such thing as freedom of movement. No Aussie cricketer is Dutch, Nannes is born and bred Aussie, his parents are Dutch, and he has a dutch passport apparently. Look at all the cricket playing Nations, and tell me which one stands out as a team full of foreigners? All of Aus team, born and bred Aus, India,same, New Zealand has an Aussie in there, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, all natives, England on the other hand...

  • POSTED BY CarnivalOfSorts on | May 24, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    @Popcorn: "Pureblood Englishman"??? Theres no such thing as a pureblood Englishman. If someone wants to indentify themselves with a team then they have the right to do so.

  • POSTED BY Vishnu27 on | May 30, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    Rant0r: Andrew Symonds was certainly born in Birmingham. "Bred" is absolute make-believe. Khawaja and Henriques are Australian born & bred! What is your point? They have "foreign"/un-Anglo sounding names??

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    England seem unbalanced. The batting is very strong, with Swan and Bresnan batting at 8 and 9, but this looks like a bowling attack lacking in punch and experience - there's a lot of pressure on Finn and Bresnan. Both will need to perform as genuine strike bowlers. And without Collingwood, there is no obvious 5th bowler. Bell? Pietersen? I foresee Swan bowling some very long spells unless Bangladesh collapse.

  • POSTED BY Nervewrecker on | May 27, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    The imported players in the England team always manage to find some English ancestry. For me, your loyalty should be with the country where you are born and brought up, not where your grandmom's maternal uncle's father grew up! I pity the poor home grown players who grind it through the domestic ranks only to the pipped by a more talented import with some English ancestry.

  • POSTED BY Rant0r on | May 26, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Short memory Dax75 ? Andrew Symonds was born and bred in England.

    People move around a lot more these days, the Australian under 19's a couple of years ago had khawaja and Henriques in it. Countries are far more multicultural these days, England more so than most

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | May 25, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    TAKING EVERYTHING IN COSIDERATION I THING ENGLAND WOULD GET A HARD TIME WITH BANGLADESH BOWLING AND I AM SEEING A HARD TIME FOR MORGAN . DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE BANGLADESH. S.N.SINGH USA

  • POSTED BY MATT-EIP on | May 25, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Hmm Dirk Nannes may well be Aussie 'born', but not so much 'bred'. In any case it didn't stop him playing for the Netherlands after he failed to be selcected for Australia!

  • POSTED BY skillsy on | May 25, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    Just because it's within the rules doesn't make it right - often the rules are simply wrong. Because people can find a way round them doesn't make it right. OJ Simpson wriggled his way out of a murder charge with this sort of nonsense. Was he innocent?? Erm........

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | May 25, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    It surprises me that people are so touchy about Eoin Morgan who has been selected for the coming series against Bangladesh, not being a true blue Englishman. He is from Ireland as we know and is a further addition to the growing list of other countrymen settling in and then playing for England and not their own country as many feel they should.In this regard, I would like to point out that the famous Black Bradman, George Alphonso Headley, hailed from Panama and only opted to play for West Indies.he took to cricket by accident while on his way to the US to study all about dentistry. This will show that there have been instances in the past where players, even the greatest ones opted to play for another country as per their choice. This theory of having bred in purple cricketers is quite laudable in principle. But it should not deny the watching public the opportunity of witnessing the evolution of a modern great. It is early days yet but I think Eoin Morgan might just be that !

  • POSTED BY Dax75 on | May 25, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    @ Lucyferr, yes there is such thing as freedom of movement. No Aussie cricketer is Dutch, Nannes is born and bred Aussie, his parents are Dutch, and he has a dutch passport apparently. Look at all the cricket playing Nations, and tell me which one stands out as a team full of foreigners? All of Aus team, born and bred Aus, India,same, New Zealand has an Aussie in there, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, all natives, England on the other hand...

  • POSTED BY CarnivalOfSorts on | May 24, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    @Popcorn: "Pureblood Englishman"??? Theres no such thing as a pureblood Englishman. If someone wants to indentify themselves with a team then they have the right to do so.

  • POSTED BY Palinano on | May 24, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    The ECB disgust me and are an embarrasment to this country. For the last few years selection policy has been unforgivable, the scheduling of the Championship, and the broadcasting situation is appalling. Since early 2005 and ECB sold exclusive rights to home Tests to a pay-to-view broadcaster, I have not spent a penny that would directly contribute to ECBs coffers. I would rather boil my head than pay Murdoch for his televison service and contribute to the ridiculous ECB.

    I would rather a team of 11 Englishman lost a series 5 zip than a commonwealth 11 play Test cricket for England. What's the point??? Why doesn't Miller, Clarke etc try to tempt Ponting to play for England with big £££. How about Kallis or Michael Clarke??? ECB = joke. I'm quickly losing faith and for the first time in many many years I will not be listening to the 1st Test.

  • POSTED BY lucyferr on | May 24, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Every country takes players from other countries. South Africa takes rugby players (Mtawarira,Chavhanga) from Zimbabwe, Australia takes cricketers from Holland, New Zealand takes rugby players from all over Polynesia, France takes footballers from Francophone Africa (who steal other players back), Ghana takes footballers (KPBoateng) from Germany, Italy steals footballers (Giuseppe Rossi) from USA... get used to it people. There's such a thing as freedom of movement.

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | May 24, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    @kempson94 - Well, quite. I don't think the concept of a multi-cultural society has quite filtered through to these brainboxes. All of the players mentioned, except Morgan, have a British parent(s). They had the total right to choose to play for England and that is what they are doing. You can't make players play for the country they are 'supposed' to play for. They, and England, have done nothing wrong at all. Clearly there is jealousy that these players want to play for England and that really is all it is, maybe tinged with a dose of idiocy too.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    this is sooo hilarious!!.......the english team basically consists of SOUTH AFRICANS!!!...wat the?....but i still like the team....

  • POSTED BY edberg on | May 24, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Remember the days when we had Malcolm, DeFreitas, Lewis and Small playing for us?? all born in the West Indies - I don't remember anyone calling us West Indies 2nds then!!! what's the problem now? History is littered with players who have emigrated and played cricket for another country. Accept it and get on with it. Come on the England!!

  • POSTED BY Bamber on | May 24, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    One of the primary reasons for South African players relocating to England is the iniquitous 'Quota' system, yet a number of correspondents on this page seem to be suggesting that the ECB adopt a similarly bigoted approach. England is a multi-cultural society that encourages diversity and that is to be applauded, but apparently not if it affects their cricket team.... Or perhaps it's just sour grapes???

  • POSTED BY MATT-EIP on | May 24, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Personally, I'm sick of hearing this 'foreign' players talk. All these players chose to side with England and qualified by the rules. I personally think some sort of essentially 'pure blood' quota system would be a terrible idea. The issue for me is that so many players are coming from SA - it's not so much England's as South Africa's problem. I'd be far more worried by this trend if I was a SA supporter, that they're losing international quality players who feel that they'd prefer to represent England than stay in the country of their birth. Don't tell me players such as Pietersen wouldn't be in the SA side - it's not as though these players are the dregs of the SA system. May I also remind you of the so-called 'SA 2nd XI' that easily beat SA in the recent T20 world cup. Why aren't players with English parents choosing to come from other countries in such numbers? Why is it so many SA born players don't feel proud enough of 'their' country and aspire to play for 'their' team?

  • POSTED BY kempson94 on | May 24, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    so what is being suggested is that having lived in england since the age of 7, nasser hussain should've declined selection in 1991 and made himself available for india!?

  • POSTED BY sudzz71 on | May 24, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Why is Adil Rashid not there, English selectors never seem to select those that are in prime form ever.

  • POSTED BY Sirchris on | May 24, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Yep, sorry but I have to agree with D.S.A, popcorn and kobler in that this is all rather bizarre. You have a test playing nation, and the original inventor of the game to boot, that has to rely on foreign players to swell its ranks enough to win an ICC trophy. Not taking anything away from English players , but when will the ECB see that the county format isn't conducive to the development of top class players. Look at Australia and South Africa (who have consistently played at a much higher level for a long time). They have a much more competetive and higher level of cricket, due to competition for the relatively few provincial/state places. Maybe cricket in England could do with a "super" county competition, with only five or 6 teams!

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | May 24, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Suddenly this thread has become a recruitment drive for the BNP. Quite simply, people like @popcorn are just dragging out any examples they can to put forward his facile argument that England are a team of foreigners. His mention of Nasser Hussain is especially disgraceful and quite why Cricinfo are allowing such remarks on their website is beyond me, because it IS bordering on racism.

  • POSTED BY D.S.A on | May 24, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    FINALLY! People like popcorn and kobler are the only one's, besides myself here, that recognise the truth. Coincidentally, both names are corn-related but nonetheless, somebody else sees that there is only one engishman in the top 5 for the team that played in the Twenty20, which shows the lack of faith the selectors have in their own players and they would rather pick players who didn't even start playing cricket here in England, than players who have done so. I feel sorry for players like Michael Carberry and Ravinder Bopara, who aren't going to get a fair trial run in the team as long as the selectors keep selecting players based on their policy.

  • POSTED BY Josh_Schon81 on | May 24, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    I also agree with Popcorn. There should be a County Championship like law stating that all but one or two players from the Test Nation have to be born in the County that they are representing. But this might see even more cricketers swapping nations :S. Still I think I stupid that 50% of the "English" team can be from other nations. They get Scotland and Wales (Simon Jones for example) as well as it is, so why do they need India, South Africa and Ireland as well?

  • POSTED BY freddyfrost on | May 24, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Its good that morgan has been included. He has batted really well all winter and as he has been doing a great job for the one-day team. He played in the IPL then the t20 world cup so hasnt had a chance to play any four day cricket this season, but I would much prefer to get him exposed to test cricket against bangladesh rather than chucking him in at the deep end this winter in australia. very few inexperienced test batsmen have come in and consistently scored runs in ashes series so he must get a chance to get experience. as for the whole 'foreigners playing for england' subject, sound a bit like jealously. They have lived in england, played in england, payed their taxes in england and whole heartedly adopted england as their nation, fair play to them and the selectors!!

  • POSTED BY kobler on | May 24, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    I am with popcorn, there are too many foreigners playing in England. I think it is disgraceful actually but we all know why they do it. There is only one Englishman in the top five in the T20 side. Imagine Eng vs SA at Kensington,13 cricketers on the field and all from SA. One is out and another SA player walks in. In a couple of years the only Englishman in the team will be carrying water.

  • POSTED BY redneck on | May 24, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    would love to see bangledesh make england pay for again not sellecting their best XI for a test match. that does seem beyond the bangledesh team though given the tour match results! in the future wouldnt it be funny if the enland team were to be smashed in tests for a few years in a row and other test teams started resting their key players as their opponents are only england. the ecb would be crying foul in no time!

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    @Md Ruhel Rahi, I don't know how his injury is going but i can tell you he is a vetry bright prospect not only for Bangladesh but also for world cricket, and at the moment i'd say he is the ssecond best batsman in the side, after Shakib al Hasan

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    Popcorn, the problem for Irish players like Morgan is that they have the talent and the desire to play cricket at the highest level which of course is Test cricket but Ireland is not a test nation so their only choice is to declare for England if they want to take their career to it's highest level.

    I'm English and playing club cricket in Ireland which is at a very high standard, the system here can produce players like Joyce and Morgan but doesn't allow them to represent their country beyond ODIs.

  • POSTED BY StJohn on | May 23, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    popcorn's comments border on racist by suggesting that player's of mixed ethnicity, such as Nasser Hussain, are not "true blood Englishman" - as though there is such a thing anyway. And if you take his or her rather stupid train of thought to its logical conclusion, then you could argue that many players playing for other countries, such as Australia, are in fact "true blood English". Brain into gear before fingers on keyboard, please.

  • POSTED BY D.S.A on | May 23, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    I agree with Popcorn almost completely. Admittedly, I don't know what Hussain's history is completely, but the others that Popcorn mentioned don't deserve to play for England as they are taking advantage of the lack of quality players that the country should, but isn't, producing in-house. The selectors gladly accept any player of superior quality and rebrand them as English.

  • POSTED BY nicklarter on | May 23, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    As an Irish cricket fan I'm disappointed but not surprised about this sniping and ignorance over Morgan - he's already amply proven his credentials in the international long form of the game in its 4 day intercontinental cup manifestation - notably his day and a half double century for Ireland vs I think Kenya, in the UAE two or three years back. The only thing that surprises me is that a test call up has taken this long.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    Where is Michael Carberry? He's more of a test player than Morgan and an excellent fielder

  • POSTED BY kempson94 on | May 23, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    ihaq1- not gonna even waste my time commenting on your idiocy. 'i think that collingwood has been dropped' (after a big hundred 1 test match ago) sums your knowledge up

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso on | May 23, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    @popcorn: Why do you care? The names you put down are all English (by choice). Deal with it and get over it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Nick Giannakis- Greek much?

  • POSTED BY Cuzer on | May 23, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Popcorn, bore off pal, my god change the bloody record

    Morgan wants to play for England, as do all the others, they've all served their qualification periods, what jealous nation do you represent I wonder, stand aside pal!

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    "Broad's omission could probably be justified on the grounds of form alone. Of all England's seamers, he was the one who struggled the most to make headway on Bangladesh's flat surfaces"

    A bit harsh... he was injured before the series started and was bowling half-fit, and had a great 2009 (sub 30 average). He probably would have missed out had Sidebottom/Anderson/Onions all been injured.

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | May 23, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    well i think that collingwood has been dropped...i think it would have been difficult to fit him in despite his being a capable allrounder...a winning captain with another winning captain in teh side is a bad bet...and with a future captain in there too...obviously a test side is a differnt matter altogether and whether eoin morgan can make it remains tobe seen..england sure are changing their attitudes bringing in relative unknowns and players who are yet to even play...the bowling barring swann seems lukewarm if not weak and one should think matt prior lucky tobe in the side at all since he is the supposed allrounder...usually the most junior player is the drinks waiter...u can play seven batsmen and four bowlers...a tossup between ajmal shehzad and steve finn..or six and five which might leave bell or trott out

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | May 23, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    England are adept are grabbing players whose origins are outside of England,and calling them English. Show me a true blood Englishman. Jonathan Trott? Kevin Pietersen? Andrew Strauss? Matt Prior? Eoin Morgan? Nasser Hussain?

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Guys what about Tamim Iqbal.how is he?????? plz tell me!

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Although Morgan has showed a cool head and remarkable form in the shorter forms of the game, his inclusion for the test squad should not be based around this. It seems like the selectors like to go this way, I remember a certain Kevin Pietersen getting selected after his dynamite start in ODI's. Morgan is highly rated by the coaching staff and test cricket is moving at such a pace at the moment, if he's got the potential lets see how he reacts to the longer form. The selection panel need to try and find more consistency, players like Michael Carberry for example. He has done the hard work in the higher tier of first class cricket and had a taste for one game, then the selectors go to someone else? It will be a case of no we havent forgotten about Carberry if questioned.

    I remember Ian Bell scoring runs against Bangladesh in 2005, that 160 odd he scored got him ahead of Graham Thorpe and signalled the end of his career. So if Morgan does well, will it end another career?

  • POSTED BY icefresh on | May 23, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Spot on CricketingStargazer & Ashley Bertman Benjamin, this may well turn out to be "no win" situation for Morgan. Excelling against Banglandesh (with all due respect to them) will hardly send his test credentials sky-rocketing. On the other hand failure will most likely deal a severe blow to his future prospects. For his sake, I hope he does well because he possesses the potential to succeed - albeit mainly demonstrated (and quite superbly at that) at the T20 level. As mentioned in the other posts, an extended run in the 4-day County Championship would be more beneficial.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    I had wondered whether Morgan would come in. I think Bangladesh does represent a chance to look at new players, and to give home opportunities for new-ish players. I assume then that both Morgan and Shahzad will play and that Trott will miss out. England will need a five man attack against Australia, so doing so now in preparation is sensible as is looking at alternative bowlers should others be injured or lose form. I'm all for resting Broad and Collingwood now, as they will be key in the winter and suspect others will also be rested at times during a long international summer against three different opponents. I would not be surprised to see Test debuts for the likes of Wright, Woakes and James Taylor at some point.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    when i saw the title of this story included, 'finn also in squad'. i almost thought those pesky poms were at it again and had given the nod to some guy from finland, who had a great grandmother, who had a distant cousin, who once visited england and therefore considered him eligible to play for them.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 23, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    I think this is the Moment for Eoin Morgan. I rate him as the next best thing in the Cricket World and this is the Dream come true for Eoin Morgan. He want to play Tests and he switched his country for that and now he got the opportunity. Now it's up to him to cement his place in the Test team. I hope he does well. All the best Eoin Morgan .

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    I don't find anything wrong with the likes of Eoin Morgan and Ed Joyce before him becoming England test batsmen, and in fact, it's a good effort for Morgan to have broken into the English side, even if it is against Bangladesh. I do however, dislike that all of the South African-born players, who couldn't make it in the Proteas system are free to play English county cricket, sit out for four years of International Cricket and getting an English Cap.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | May 23, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    I guess the issue with this squad is what the balance of the side is going to be and who stands down. Any combination should beat Bangladesh in England in early summer, but England needs to be working on the squad for later in the year. If they play four seamers, which batsman gets left out, and if they play 6 batsmen, which seamer misses out? In either case it's likely to be a young player, who would probably be better off playing county cricket than carrying the drinks tray. If they change the balance for the second test, then they haven't done much to build the team for Pakistan and Australia. As for NeilCameron's idea, where would they play and who would support and sponsor them? It would be a team that no-one was interested in. Players have to qualify to play for a country. All the players in the England side have qualified. Get over it.

  • POSTED BY amirhamzas on | May 23, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    why colly? petersen seems, he needs no rest!!lol....colly should be in!!

  • POSTED BY demon_bowler on | May 23, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    It was obviously right to rest Collingwood -- he's been away from home for three months. Time to let him spend some quality time in the north east while he can still remember where he lives.

    I'm not sure about Morgan, but it's a good opportunity to have a look at him. Carberry can consider himself a touch unlucky.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    The selection is fine considering what is needed against Bangladesh. Finn was always going to be an asset against the better teams considering his hieght. Now with early season form to back him up I think he should be in the right frame of mind come Ashes time. Eoin Morgan is definitely caste in the Andy Flower mould. His calm and often, impish visual counter to any situation will make him a great chap to have in Australia even if there is a noticeable urge for reform in their players. That apart he is excellent against spin. He will probably get to establish his credentials against Bangladesh who have a good spin array and Pakistan who have a very good allround attack.Swann could boost his stock further as probably the best spin bowler in the world and Anderson could rehabilitate himself after his injury. He should be a match winner in Australia considering his pace and swing.Broad needed the break from all cricket for a while.So all in all a good beginning for the selectors.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | May 23, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    I don't think NeilCameron's idea is very feasible.. How can you judge the form of players in vastly different domestic leagues. Does Afgahnistan for instance even have a domestic league and if it does, how does it compare with say Kenya's. And who would select the team and who would select the selectors... One only has to look at the inter-island rivalry about the selection of test players in the West Indies to see that such a scheme is just unworkable..

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | May 23, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    I'm not concerned about the selection of Morgan. Pitching him against the substandard Bangladesh attack is an easy way to get him a taste of test cricket. It will be interesting to see how he goes. As for Carberry, he was never likely to be selected with Strauss back. He's clearly first in line as a reserve opener but where would he have batted in this squad? He's not a middle order player. My concern is that England are going to only play 4 bowlers against Bangladesh, looking at this squad. That really would be appallingly negative.

  • POSTED BY NeilCameron on | May 23, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    There needs to be an international team specially created for players who are not qualified to play for current international teams. Eoin Morgan is from Ireland. He's not even from Northern Ireland, so he is another overseas cricketer who has qualified to play for England. But if there was a world xi for Irish, Kenyan, Dutch, Afghan (etc) players to be selected for, they would be able to selected on merit rather than upon residential qualifications.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | May 23, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    I'm worried about the selection of Eoin Morgan on the basis of T20 and ODI success. Yes, he has been in fabulous form and his performances have been brilliant, but last summer he was picked for the short form of the game on the basis of dreadul County Championship form. His average last summer, against CC2 attacks, which tend to be much weaker and have much less strength in depth than those of CC1, was 24.3, including a big unbeaten century, which represented a quarter of his runs for the whole season and lifted his average from 18. Without a single First Class innings since September I really do wonder if selecting him on potential alone is enough: if he makes runs, people will say that it was only against Bangladesh and the question marks will remain, if he fails, he will be condemned. I would have much rather see him make some big runs for Middlesex and then get a runout against Pakistan on the basis of solid form and against more credible opposition.

  • POSTED BY RahulSalian on | May 23, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Eoin Morgan is a good selection & should be played in the middle order in Tests. He plays spin well(the rewerse sweep) & normal cricket shots. Just like his coach Andy Flower who was a great players against spinners.

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | May 23, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    I think the resting of Broad is justifiable, he is played a lot of cricket and as a bowler certainly would find it more strenuous than a batsman. Collingwood's omission just makes no sense to me at all. It is fantastic to see Morgan in the squad, he deserves it as he can be a versatile cricketer with a technique which seems in essentials perfect for test cricket. However, if Collingwood's form come his return to the side is poor, this will be blamed. Moreover, if Morgan succeeds the question is what do the selectors do? Oust another regular? Morgan deserves his opportunity but Collingwood should have played here and perhaps taken the ODIs off where his place is more permanent. Another concern is the absence of Ryan Sidebottom. Surely, blooding youngsters is important. However, Sidebottom is made for the longer form of the game. I think he should have been included in place of Shahzad. Hopefully, we will see some competitive cricket though regardless of which players play.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    i do not understand this squad. Michael Carberry was next in line played one game on the winter tour and has had a brilliant start to the new season even scoring a hundred yesterday and he is not in the squad. yes morgan is very talented but he needs to work on his 4 day form.

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  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    i do not understand this squad. Michael Carberry was next in line played one game on the winter tour and has had a brilliant start to the new season even scoring a hundred yesterday and he is not in the squad. yes morgan is very talented but he needs to work on his 4 day form.

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | May 23, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    I think the resting of Broad is justifiable, he is played a lot of cricket and as a bowler certainly would find it more strenuous than a batsman. Collingwood's omission just makes no sense to me at all. It is fantastic to see Morgan in the squad, he deserves it as he can be a versatile cricketer with a technique which seems in essentials perfect for test cricket. However, if Collingwood's form come his return to the side is poor, this will be blamed. Moreover, if Morgan succeeds the question is what do the selectors do? Oust another regular? Morgan deserves his opportunity but Collingwood should have played here and perhaps taken the ODIs off where his place is more permanent. Another concern is the absence of Ryan Sidebottom. Surely, blooding youngsters is important. However, Sidebottom is made for the longer form of the game. I think he should have been included in place of Shahzad. Hopefully, we will see some competitive cricket though regardless of which players play.

  • POSTED BY RahulSalian on | May 23, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Eoin Morgan is a good selection & should be played in the middle order in Tests. He plays spin well(the rewerse sweep) & normal cricket shots. Just like his coach Andy Flower who was a great players against spinners.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | May 23, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    I'm worried about the selection of Eoin Morgan on the basis of T20 and ODI success. Yes, he has been in fabulous form and his performances have been brilliant, but last summer he was picked for the short form of the game on the basis of dreadul County Championship form. His average last summer, against CC2 attacks, which tend to be much weaker and have much less strength in depth than those of CC1, was 24.3, including a big unbeaten century, which represented a quarter of his runs for the whole season and lifted his average from 18. Without a single First Class innings since September I really do wonder if selecting him on potential alone is enough: if he makes runs, people will say that it was only against Bangladesh and the question marks will remain, if he fails, he will be condemned. I would have much rather see him make some big runs for Middlesex and then get a runout against Pakistan on the basis of solid form and against more credible opposition.

  • POSTED BY NeilCameron on | May 23, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    There needs to be an international team specially created for players who are not qualified to play for current international teams. Eoin Morgan is from Ireland. He's not even from Northern Ireland, so he is another overseas cricketer who has qualified to play for England. But if there was a world xi for Irish, Kenyan, Dutch, Afghan (etc) players to be selected for, they would be able to selected on merit rather than upon residential qualifications.

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | May 23, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    I'm not concerned about the selection of Morgan. Pitching him against the substandard Bangladesh attack is an easy way to get him a taste of test cricket. It will be interesting to see how he goes. As for Carberry, he was never likely to be selected with Strauss back. He's clearly first in line as a reserve opener but where would he have batted in this squad? He's not a middle order player. My concern is that England are going to only play 4 bowlers against Bangladesh, looking at this squad. That really would be appallingly negative.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | May 23, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    I don't think NeilCameron's idea is very feasible.. How can you judge the form of players in vastly different domestic leagues. Does Afgahnistan for instance even have a domestic league and if it does, how does it compare with say Kenya's. And who would select the team and who would select the selectors... One only has to look at the inter-island rivalry about the selection of test players in the West Indies to see that such a scheme is just unworkable..

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    The selection is fine considering what is needed against Bangladesh. Finn was always going to be an asset against the better teams considering his hieght. Now with early season form to back him up I think he should be in the right frame of mind come Ashes time. Eoin Morgan is definitely caste in the Andy Flower mould. His calm and often, impish visual counter to any situation will make him a great chap to have in Australia even if there is a noticeable urge for reform in their players. That apart he is excellent against spin. He will probably get to establish his credentials against Bangladesh who have a good spin array and Pakistan who have a very good allround attack.Swann could boost his stock further as probably the best spin bowler in the world and Anderson could rehabilitate himself after his injury. He should be a match winner in Australia considering his pace and swing.Broad needed the break from all cricket for a while.So all in all a good beginning for the selectors.

  • POSTED BY demon_bowler on | May 23, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    It was obviously right to rest Collingwood -- he's been away from home for three months. Time to let him spend some quality time in the north east while he can still remember where he lives.

    I'm not sure about Morgan, but it's a good opportunity to have a look at him. Carberry can consider himself a touch unlucky.

  • POSTED BY amirhamzas on | May 23, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    why colly? petersen seems, he needs no rest!!lol....colly should be in!!