England v South Africa, 2nd NatWest ODI, West End August 27, 2012

Morgan to put Tests above IPL

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While the riches on offer in the IPL may have turned the head of Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan insists he will turn his back on the most lucrative competition in world cricket if it helps him regain a place in England's Test side.

Morgan, who was dropped from the Test team after a grim series against Pakistan in the UAE, is contracted to the Kolkata Knight Riders for the 2013 IPL season, but said that international cricket will always take priority and that he would prefer to play county cricket next April and May if it helps him win back a Test place.

While Morgan would, under the terms of his England and Middlesex contract, be entitled to miss the first four or five weeks of the English domestic season in order to play in the IPL, he knows he will need to impress in first-class cricket if he is to force his way back into the Test side. Certainly Morgan's chances of impressing during the 2012 IPL season were limited as he failed to make it into the Kolkata side, though he has previously gone on record to credit the experience of training alongside players from around the world as hugely beneficial to his learning experience.

"The bigger picture for me is playing Test cricket," he said. "As a 15-year-old I came across to England to play Test cricket. It's always been my priority. I've had a little sniff of it and I've absolutely loved it. I was in the side when we became No. 1 and I was on the Ashes tour as a spare batter. Nothing can ever come close to the stuff you experience as a winning Test-match side. If it came about that I was back in the Test team during the IPL I'd be the happiest bloke in the world."

Morgan's words will delight England coach, Andy Flower. Flower has previously stated that "you're not going to learn much about Test batting in the IPL" and blamed Pietersen's desire to play the entire 2013 IPL season and maximise his earning from his £1.2 million deal with the Delhi Daredevils, as "the catalyst" in unsettling the player over recent months.

Morgan, however, feels that the opportunity to play Test cricket is more important than the money on offer in T20 leagues. While he still harbours the hope that his improved form in limited-overs cricket - he looked back to his best in scoring an unbeaten 89 in 63 balls in the ODI against Australia at Lord's in June - will win him a Test recall, he knows that if he is to convince the selectors that he is committed to regaining his Test place, he may well need to prove himself playing for Middlesex in the County Championship. And if that means missing out on the deals available in the Big Bash and the IPL it is a price he is prepared to pay.

"Is Test cricket my priority? Absolutely. I've never doubted that. If I'm involved in international cricket, it always takes priority and if I'm within one or two positions of the Test team, then I'll probably make the decision myself to come back and play county cricket. If I'm in the frame for a Test place, then things might have to change [regarding IPL availability], definitely. I looked into it a small bit this year but, because I was three or four places off the Test side I left it. I don't think I can play Big Bash. If all goes well I'll be on the Test tour, if not I'll make other plans.

"When anybody gets dropped they need to show that they're in substantial form and that they've scored enough runs to justify their position in the side. They need to show they've come back a better player. Looking back I'm a better player than I was at the start of the year. I've proven that in spurts over the summer. Hopefully again I can do that again during this ODI series against South Africa."

Morgan's first-class record is modest for a man with aspirations of playing more Test cricket. He has not scored a first-class century since the Edgbaston Test over 12 months ago and, in his seven-year career with Middlesex, averages just 32.71. His record this season is even more disappointing: he has averaged only 18.16 in the five County Championship matches he has played. While he has scored nine first-class centuries, only three of them have come in the Championship and none have been in the top division.

Morgan's next chance to impress the England selectors comes on Tuesday in the second ODI of the series against South Africa in Southampton. While he is quick to clarify that he has never had any problem with Pietersen personally, Morgan did admit that the opportunity provided to other players in Pietersen's absence might have been beneficial.

"Kevin is a world class cricketer and any team around the world would want him in their side," Morgan said. "But there are issues surrounding him at the moment and it will take time to resolve them; the quicker that happens the better. Personally I didn't find him difficult but I've not been around the Test team a lot.

"The guys who have come in have done really well. Ian Bell has come in and been amazing and maybe the extra responsibility, in Ravi Bopara's case, has helped him blossom as a cricketer. I've practised with Ravi for years and it's now that he's really showing the cricketer is capable of being and that's great.

"The focus as a side to is to progress up the rankings and build towards the World Cup and Champions Trophy next year. We're making huge steps towards bringing in match-winners who can take the game by the scruff of the neck and move forward."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY PanGlupek on | August 29, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    @crindo77: Talking of English lessons, "Journeyman" is an expression to describe an experienced person, it doesn't necessarily mean somebody selling thier skills overseas. Also, "sub" in that context means below-standard of, i.e. not as good as, so it seems you & Yorkshire86 agree with each other (that the IPL isn't 1st-class), for differing reasons. Otherwise, fair point, even though it's cheesy, the IPL is a high-class competition & Morgan would have to work very hard to get back in anyway.

  • POSTED BY Jarr30 on | August 29, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Never heard of this player called Morgan.Maybe he wants to be famous by saying that he plays in the IPL and wants to give up for England.hahaa

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | August 28, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Those who are praising Morgan for putting country above club need to tell us what is the country of Eoin Morgan - is it England or is it Ireland? Morgan warmed the bench during the last IPL and wasn't considered good enough to be one of the 4 foreign players - this when he was among the top rated players in the world at that time. Lol, it clearly shows how limited a player he is even at the club T20 level and he is now making a holy deed out of a real mockery by saying he won't play in IPL if it comes in the way? Sour Grapes perhaps --- or may be he got bitter grapes....Ha Ha Ha.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    What a ridiculous news. Is Morgan such a great star of past editions of IPL that this even counts as a news? He does not even figure in the regular XI of KKR! Moreover, why does IPL has to be in the news whenever some random English cricketer does something? If IPL is so bad then just forget about it and quietly play county cricket and what ever you have in England. Why make a grand announcement involving IPL? As @200ondebut has correctly pointed out, the funniest thing is, to be eligible to play for England you no longer need to do well in county cricket or anything but need to take the solemn pledge "I shall not play IPL". It has substituted the oath of allegiance to Queen and Country. That seems to make the most difference. By the way, it is a call to all IPL bashers, if you think IPL is so bad then do not see it and ask your country's players not to come. Moreover, for certain specific countries, tell your players to stop crying foul when you are not allowed to play in IPL.

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | August 28, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Eoin Morgan wants to play TEST cricket, he is not worried about representing IRELAND. So there is no question of Patriotism.

    To Play for England it is clear that he needs to impress Mr.Flower hence this statement about IPL.

    So those who feel they are impressed about this statement of his get your bearings.

  • POSTED BY crindo77 on | August 28, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    IPL won't miss Morgan; or KP; or anybody else for that matter. Like it or not, with its silly cheerleaders, low pitches, and predictable commentary,it's here to stay. Hence BCCIs conspicuous silence in asking for a window. They don't need one. As for Eoin, well what with a possible Test reshuffle on the cards post KP-gate, Flower's IPL antipathy, this is a predictable move, given that he is a "journeyman" cricketer, one among England's ever growing foreign legion jostling for a living. @yorkshire86, "sub first class Indian journeymen", er, it IS an INDIAN LEAGUE, so can't really call them journeymen in their own country, thats for foreigners like KP,Morgan, Broad etc. An English lesson might be in order. And from your handle, presumably an English supporter, why taunt players playing in one's own country as "sub first class..."; thats uncalled for, and again incorrect. Newsflash! its not a first class league. Reminds me of Flower's jibe about Test skills and IPL; stating the obvious?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    @RogerC on (August 28 2012, 07:37 AM GMT) Exactly , name players who don't necessarily perform that brilliantly. Kallis and Narine were decent but were any of the others actually performing or just selected for reputations? I would have an in form Morgan in my T20 side above all the players you mentioned with the exception of maybe Narine and Kallis

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank on (August 28 2012, 09:32 AM GMT) You said about WI players returning to a winning cause and I corrected you and now you're going on about SA which has nothing to do with the post I corrected you on. I'm not slating IPL as a bad thing and saying that playing IPL makes players underperform - just that your argument re WI was flawed.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @v_singh on (August 28 2012, 10:23 AM GMT) In tests I'd possibly chose Woakes ahead of Broad and Onions ahead of Finn , but I don't feel too strongly about it and your side looks way better than the sides we've been playing this year. Big fan of the balance of it. I just don't think they'll do it though. Also I'd still love KP to be involved but that looks as unlikely as England playing 5/1/5

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @thalalara on (August 28 2012, 11:08 AM GMT) Watch some of the last t20wc and you'll find out exactly who he is

  • POSTED BY PanGlupek on | August 29, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    @crindo77: Talking of English lessons, "Journeyman" is an expression to describe an experienced person, it doesn't necessarily mean somebody selling thier skills overseas. Also, "sub" in that context means below-standard of, i.e. not as good as, so it seems you & Yorkshire86 agree with each other (that the IPL isn't 1st-class), for differing reasons. Otherwise, fair point, even though it's cheesy, the IPL is a high-class competition & Morgan would have to work very hard to get back in anyway.

  • POSTED BY Jarr30 on | August 29, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Never heard of this player called Morgan.Maybe he wants to be famous by saying that he plays in the IPL and wants to give up for England.hahaa

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | August 28, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Those who are praising Morgan for putting country above club need to tell us what is the country of Eoin Morgan - is it England or is it Ireland? Morgan warmed the bench during the last IPL and wasn't considered good enough to be one of the 4 foreign players - this when he was among the top rated players in the world at that time. Lol, it clearly shows how limited a player he is even at the club T20 level and he is now making a holy deed out of a real mockery by saying he won't play in IPL if it comes in the way? Sour Grapes perhaps --- or may be he got bitter grapes....Ha Ha Ha.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    What a ridiculous news. Is Morgan such a great star of past editions of IPL that this even counts as a news? He does not even figure in the regular XI of KKR! Moreover, why does IPL has to be in the news whenever some random English cricketer does something? If IPL is so bad then just forget about it and quietly play county cricket and what ever you have in England. Why make a grand announcement involving IPL? As @200ondebut has correctly pointed out, the funniest thing is, to be eligible to play for England you no longer need to do well in county cricket or anything but need to take the solemn pledge "I shall not play IPL". It has substituted the oath of allegiance to Queen and Country. That seems to make the most difference. By the way, it is a call to all IPL bashers, if you think IPL is so bad then do not see it and ask your country's players not to come. Moreover, for certain specific countries, tell your players to stop crying foul when you are not allowed to play in IPL.

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | August 28, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Eoin Morgan wants to play TEST cricket, he is not worried about representing IRELAND. So there is no question of Patriotism.

    To Play for England it is clear that he needs to impress Mr.Flower hence this statement about IPL.

    So those who feel they are impressed about this statement of his get your bearings.

  • POSTED BY crindo77 on | August 28, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    IPL won't miss Morgan; or KP; or anybody else for that matter. Like it or not, with its silly cheerleaders, low pitches, and predictable commentary,it's here to stay. Hence BCCIs conspicuous silence in asking for a window. They don't need one. As for Eoin, well what with a possible Test reshuffle on the cards post KP-gate, Flower's IPL antipathy, this is a predictable move, given that he is a "journeyman" cricketer, one among England's ever growing foreign legion jostling for a living. @yorkshire86, "sub first class Indian journeymen", er, it IS an INDIAN LEAGUE, so can't really call them journeymen in their own country, thats for foreigners like KP,Morgan, Broad etc. An English lesson might be in order. And from your handle, presumably an English supporter, why taunt players playing in one's own country as "sub first class..."; thats uncalled for, and again incorrect. Newsflash! its not a first class league. Reminds me of Flower's jibe about Test skills and IPL; stating the obvious?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    @RogerC on (August 28 2012, 07:37 AM GMT) Exactly , name players who don't necessarily perform that brilliantly. Kallis and Narine were decent but were any of the others actually performing or just selected for reputations? I would have an in form Morgan in my T20 side above all the players you mentioned with the exception of maybe Narine and Kallis

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank on (August 28 2012, 09:32 AM GMT) You said about WI players returning to a winning cause and I corrected you and now you're going on about SA which has nothing to do with the post I corrected you on. I'm not slating IPL as a bad thing and saying that playing IPL makes players underperform - just that your argument re WI was flawed.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @v_singh on (August 28 2012, 10:23 AM GMT) In tests I'd possibly chose Woakes ahead of Broad and Onions ahead of Finn , but I don't feel too strongly about it and your side looks way better than the sides we've been playing this year. Big fan of the balance of it. I just don't think they'll do it though. Also I'd still love KP to be involved but that looks as unlikely as England playing 5/1/5

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @thalalara on (August 28 2012, 11:08 AM GMT) Watch some of the last t20wc and you'll find out exactly who he is

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    @SagarCric on (August 28 2012, 11:38 AM GMT) Maybe so. He should play for Ireland in their next test series vs ?? - Oh just remembered Ireland don't play test cricket so re this article your argument - like so many - is flawed

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    @PanGlupek on (August 28 2012, 12:00 PM GMT) Fair point re why Morgan didn't play but that was an absolute waste all round - The KKR for forking out that sort of money and Morgan for not playing any cricket. I must admit that Morgan's 1st class form didn't warrant inclusion in the test side but then when Ravi was recalled he was also in poor CC form.

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | August 28, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    You dont pick IPL...IPL picks you! If they want it they will get you! If you are out of form dont say that your are not going for IPL

  • POSTED BY Anwar-Lara on | August 28, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Great news .... Well done Mr Morgan ..people should learn from you.

  • POSTED BY PanGlupek on | August 28, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    I haven't read all the comments here, but did not see anybody making quite an important point: Morgan didn't get picked for KKR this season for the same reason he got dropped from the England side: He had a serious technical problem (the exaggerated crouch when the bowler delivers). His time out of the test side has given him a chance to sort that out. As long as it doesn't creep back in again, I don't see why he can't play in the test and IPL side (as long as schedules don't clash). A couple of years ago Ravi Bopara opted not to play IPL to concentrate on getting a test place by playing 1st class instead, Morgan went to the IPL. People thought Morgan might get left out because he was at the IPL & Bopara scored loads of runs for Essex. What happened next? Morgan gets a big hundred for England Lions and gets picked ahead of Bopara.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Can't say as I am that impressed - Morgan needs to score runs in 1st class cricket in order to get back into the test side. He seems to be trying to get Flower/ECB et all to give him some sort of assurance that he will get in the test squad if he does well in the early county games in 2013 - I hope they point out that he won't get in the squad until be not only performs well, but out-performs the many other batsmen queuing up for a chance with England. To date his 1st class performances have been unimpressive - he was lucky to ever get a test.

    IPL may be lucrative and may well help him improve as an ODI/T20 player, which may well be more to England's advantage than having him in the test side as he's vital to their limited overs sides.

  • POSTED BY jokerbala on | August 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    good decision by Morgan . Actually I feel he is too good a player to be left out of the starting eleven ,whether it is IPL or the England test side, and since he was not getting many starts in the IPL, he has opted out of it. If he was getting the same amount of starts that Shakib or Brett Lee get , he might have reconsidered his decision.@Srikkandh Kallis - Exactly my thoughts . England need players like him much more now after KP's exit to strengthen their batting.

  • POSTED BY SagarCric on | August 28, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Mr Morgan. If this is the issue between Country Vs Money, then you should not be fishing to play for England team, but for the pride of your country Ireland.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    mayb Eoin Morgan can be England's Sehwag / Gayle when Strauss retires

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | August 28, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    It is a sign of the muddle thinking at the ECB that part of the selection criteria is whether you played IPL. I tend to wonder whether playing competative IPL or facing trundlers on green seamers is better prep for a test? As we all know the difference between a great test cricketer and a great 1st class cricketer is the six inches between their ears.

  • POSTED BY thalalara on | August 28, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Oh God!!! without Morgan next IPL will be a sure failure... By the way who this guy Morgan?

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | August 28, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Don't get me wrong I have little time for the IPL, but I don't think the ICC should force players to make these type of decisions. For all those comments suggesting that the using the example of SA players to prop up the current system are ignoring facts. The problem the ECB have is that there is always going to be a clash with county cricket. You can't really blame the ECB for wanting players to practice the longer format to get ready for test matches. On the other hand you can't blame players wanting to earn lots of money playing in the IPL. The ICC must compromise and make a window, in which no other international cricket is played. The tournament needs to be shorter (which will also increase the standard and atmsophere) and allow players from all countries to play. Of course the IPL would benefit from having Swann, Prior, KP, Broad etc in its competion. Also I agree with some of the Indian fans that it would help them develop a game against the slow turning ball.

  • POSTED BY v_singh on | August 28, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    The power of IPL : talk about "IPL vs country issue" (in readers comments) and you get to elevate a news item lying at the bottom of the cricinfo main page into the top four news items there !! :)..

    And as somebody pointed out.. Morgan failed in UAE on spinning tracks.. so India tour for him is unlikely.. also Bairstow played positive cricket on return and made valuable contributions (unfortunate to be bowled on 95 by Morkel - inexperienced batsman)... But Bairstow has definitely inked one of the spots and James Taylor looks like he can bat in Tests.. so, Cook, Trott, Bell, Taylor, Bairstow, Prior, Broad, Swann, Finn, Monty & Anderson - should make to the 11 in the tour to India [Did i forget Straussy :) ].. As an Indian Cricket fan, I eagerly look fwd to the contest - esp. dev. of our 'younger guns' like Pujara & Kohli..

  • POSTED BY Min2_cric on | August 28, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    great decision by someone who does not want to get "purchased"...

  • POSTED BY DibblyDobbler2 on | August 28, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @getsetblowpk - is that why all the pakistani cricketers are lining up to play in the IPL and the chairman of your board is begging for his players to be allowed to play in the IPL? lol!

  • POSTED BY premclement on | August 28, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    It will be good for you if you can play tests but do not blame for IPL, if you can't get your place in test team. IPL has nothing to do with your form. If you carefully look at the current SA team, at least 6 of the 11 players were playing in IPL 2012. They managed to thrash Eng, except when rain saved Eng in the second test. Actually, I immensely enjoyed watching IPL 2012.

  • POSTED BY baz72notout on | August 28, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Good luck to Morgan: England needs someone who packs the aggressive punch of a Pietersen and can turn a game around. However with the Indian tour approaching and Morgan's tough series against Pakistan's spinners in the UAE, he will need to get plenty of time in the middle against world-class spinners. Without that experience, he may be passed over in favour of a 'safer' choice.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    @ JG2704 And what about SA ? Did they beat Nepal and become No. 1 Test team ? Or Is that All those Indian players who played IPL were made to sit on bench and a whole new team was selected for SL tour ? And what about KP who played IPL and was clearly the Best batsman against SA ?

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 28, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Of course Ian. After KP saga, no one would mess with ECB.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | August 28, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Who is stopping you to get a place in test cricket?. But for that you need lot of runs in first class cricket not some talk about 'IPL over country'

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 28, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Morgan will probably be happier when his fellow country men Rankin and Dockerill join him in the United XI, which, given England's immense lack of depth, will not be too far away.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    He could've actually won the third test for England had he been picked for it. Just swap James Taylor with Eoin Morgan and think what if he had played instead of Taylor on that particular test. One gamble the selectors missed out. But good signs, at least he could work on his technical shortcomings and make himself visible to the selectors' radar once again. We all know he's England's best bet in limited overs in the past 3 years...

  • POSTED BY RogerC on | August 28, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    Morgan won't get a chance to play even if he comes to IPL. In his KKR team, he needs to fight with the likes of Kallis, McCullum, Brett Lee, Sunil Narine, Shakib al Hasan, RT Doeschatte, Marchant de Lange and Haddin. Like this year, he will be spending all matches watching from bench. Good decison for him to stay out.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Guys , there you have it. An IPL auction is an accurate reflection of how good you are at T20 cricket. No point in even having ICC rankings

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    As this has turned into a "Let's talk about Indian cricket" again and IPL in particular. I remember the KP article saying Eng (media) were jealous of IPL. Basically one of the main reasons why Eng media has not gone overboard on it is because there were so few Eng players there.KP and Shah (who played for a poorer franchise) were the only 2 who played regularly. I seemed to recall Dimitri playing a game or 2 , doing ok and not getting used again and that was about it. Morgan wasn't a flop as some might say - he just did not get an opportunity to shine - what a waste. And yes other Eng players were not picked up but it we're going by base prices etc in IPL then Jadeja is the best T20 cricketer in the world and over 5 times better than Swann. Regardless , surely the lack of English players in IPL (for whatever reason) explains the lack of English media interest.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Re IPL , I actually quite enjoy it at times although no need for the MCs , catchphrases etc. I still think the captains have little clue and teams often pick nig name players over more effective players. This is not just England bias here either. I'm a big fan of SA Van Der Merwe and he played one game for his franchise and did well and was then benched again. Then you had guys like Clarke from Australia who is not a great T20 player - not sure if he even plays T20 for Aus - come in and he gets a run of games without impressing.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @Akshita29 on (August 27 2012, 20:44 PM GMT) You've just totally contradicted yourself there. You intimate about him not being required in IPL and then you say about Flower being anti IPL and say "although IPL could have offered an opportunity to learn to play the turning ball in Slow and more importantly low bouncing pitches of subcontinent " - The thing is Morgan did not get an opportunity - not one - to do this. How can being on the bench for a full tournament be helping any player?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @bigwonder on (August 28 2012, 01:40 AM GMT) You're saying someone else sounds like a broken record - seriously?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 28, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank on (August 28 2012, 05:05 AM GMT) Re WI players returning to a winning cause - were WI not beaten by England on their returns from IPL? Maybe I just dreamt that. Or maybe you're talking about the beating the NZ team without half their best players

  • POSTED BY kensohatter on | August 28, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    I admire Eion Morgan for coming out and stating his intent and the value he places on test cricket. Its a shame when test cricketers who have fought so hard for that cap forget its importance and believe themselves bigger than the game

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    I do not see Morgan as favourite for a test call up. I think there are 2 or 3 others who will have to fail for him to get another chance. I think he is just reminding the selectors that he could not care less about IPL if they are ever interested in him again. I think the same can be said for the other foreign cricketers involved. Sure they are happy to pick up the money for what is easy cricket. Who wouldn't play a few T20 friendlies for a pile of money. My issue is with the people who would pay to watch cricket that is no better than a charity game.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | August 28, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @Posted by on (August 28 2012, 05:05 AM GMT), what winning cause, defeating one of the poorest New Zeland sides for the last 10 years, these same players that you mention couldnt even win a T20 or ODI against England without KP.....Morgan needs time to play in first class games and to work on some of his technical flaws like chasing the ball outside offstump with an open face, which is a good shot in ODI's as you only have 1 slip in FC and tests though you will have 2-3 slips so it reduces the percentate success of the shot, as it is he will probably be put on an incremental contract though may keep the central contract based on ODI and T20 appearances.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Yes IPL or no IPL, who cares? There are already many greats plying IPL, so no Morgan is no issue. For his sake, he is taking wise decision and good luck for that. IPL will continue due to passion of billion+ people and money Indian corporates. On the other hand I hope India learns lesson and starts protecting resources like Pujara, Rahane, Chand, Yadav, I. Sharma, R. Sharma, Darekar, Harmeet etc. from IPL.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | August 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Well.. I would say a good decision.. He might feel a bit let down if he is not going to make it back to the England test team missing out some good money but still, any player with tests as primary should be supported.. It's his own choice and no one is going to involve in that.. Not even the IPL franchise.. They do have loads of option to chose from..

  • POSTED BY MFraser75 on | August 28, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    No choice!? For the number one T20 batsman in the world!!? Now he is back in form, I think he has a lot of choice, or he should have if the franchises have any sense.

    Who is Eoin Morgan? Very funny!

    World rankings...

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/rankings/content/page/211270.html

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  • POSTED BY v_singh on | August 28, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Morgan is being a little smart here. His contract his in his final yr. and as he performed poorly last yr and was sidelined for most of the time, it may so happen that his contract is not renewed by KKR - as franchises go into cost cutting mode. With Peiterson's departure (i think permanently) from English scence, Morgan has sensed an opportunity. Hence all the talk. Bopara also made similar statements last yr - when he was initially ignored by IPL auction and then offered a chance to re-appear in auction where maxm. he could have earned (as replacment) was limited to 100k $... Morgan is young and would like to keep himself in good books of his primary employer (ECB) rather than KP who is 32 (& who would survive well based on his reputation around the world T20 leauges).. ECB may soon give in to pressure (few yrs) n create IPL window but it may be too late for KP but nor from Broad, Morgan et al (age factor)... these factors need to be accounted for too !!

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | August 28, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    this is hilarious for a couple of reasons. first, morgan doesnt get games for his IPL team anyway, and second, he (and england) thinks he is good enough to play test cricket. oh england

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | August 28, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    An excellent decision there, maybe the KP saga is bearing fruits after all. Any player will think a zillion times before thinking of playing in that meaningless and useless waste called IPL. All the best Morgan.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | August 28, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Morgan was anyway benched in IPL 2012 so nothing much of a difference....... but KP is more impact player & a real crowd puller in T20's & like Gayle fans allover just love his batting........ If ECB is stubborn, I suggest KP should retire officially & continue only in global T20 competitions !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Lets call him sir eoin morgan now ..shall we ? Certainly a definite replacement for KP ...dont the author thinks so !!

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Good decision by Morgan. He should be LOYAL to England if Not Ireland. IPL should be a secondary option in front of National responsibilities. But if he could play even 5 or 6 matches for IPL and then return to his national duties on time, it shouldn't be a problem for anyone. I remember even KP after playing a few matches for DD returned to England. So what this fuss is all about ?

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Gayle, Bravo, Pollard, Russel, Narine, Samuels - all were part of IPL. When they all returned to their teams they all performed exceptionally well for winning cause. Same with SA - Kallis, AB, Steyn, Duminy, Morkel - All were part of IPL. But see today they help their team reach No.1 status by beating England whose no player was playing IPL (except KP, who again was the only guy scoring for England and played IPL too). All Indian player played IPL but when they toured SL, they beat them in their own backyard with BIG margin. If India had lost, everyone would have bashed IPL for this. (All you guys need is a reason to degrade India). What does it show? A player must adapt to every format he plays. If he can't he must admit that he is an ordinary player and is mentally weaker and the fans should not blame IPL for it.

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | August 28, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    The real point is, Morgan never was, is not, and never will be a Test batsman; he's an often explosive hitter of the ball in shorter forms of cricket, but he lacks both the temperament and the basic technique to succeed on a regular basis at the highest level. A first-class average of not much over 30 speaks volumes, while the couple of decent knocks he had in Tests were made before international bowlers had had a chance to get a proper look at him and work out his frailties. He was dropped not just because of a few poor scores but because his technique was actually getting worse instead of better - there were moments when he didn't seem to know where his bat was, let alone his stumps. Sorry, nice try for a 'return to the fold', but it would be a backward step if the England selectors even considered him.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    gambhir is not taking morgan in playing 11 in KKR that is why he is taking like that

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    As England will be playing in it's own homeground, the home team will have good advantage over South Africa as the home team's performance against the guest team has always been strong. All the best to England to perform well.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | August 28, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    @Jarr30 on (August 28 2012, 03:11 AM GMT), Um, that would be Eoin Morgan, the #1-ranked T20I batsman in the world. I guess if all you watch is IPL then you're not going to know what's going on in the cricketing world at large, are you? I have no specific issue with the IPL although it doesn't especially do anything for me, but I do have a specific issue with people like you, who want to pretend that the IPL is the be-all and end-all of cricket.

  • POSTED BY prashnottz on | August 28, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Seriously who cares? Morgan was warming the bench anyways in the IPL and is never the first choice.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 28, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Nothing personal against Morgan, but I see Bopara, Bairstow & possibly Taylor above him atm in Test postions... Even Woakes has better form as a batsman at FC level & would be my pick before Morgan, giving Eng a better bowling unit as an extra positive... Morgan just looks more comfortable in the ODI & T20 formats & may be where he stays until he greatly improves his longer format form...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 28, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    @davidpk :- "as only 4 overseas players can play in a match is the reason he was not selected for his ipl franchise"... Wrong, there were many KKR games where only 2 or 3 internationals played & yet Morgan wasn't selected - why?... McCullum averaged @24 which isn't outstanding - while Kallis @25, ten Doeschate @10, but they are allrounders like Christian aren't they :P ...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 28, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    @davidpk :- "Christian...a joke...cannot bowl or bat"... Wow that must make Morgan the worst batsmen to have played for Eng - by your own criteria... At least Dan managed to get on the field for the Deccan Chargers for 7 matches (before Oz duties called) to Morgans 0, while his bat averaged @29 while also claiming 8 wkts with the ball - not that Morgan is of any use as a bowler...

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    next we will hear strauss and cook put tests b4 ipl....

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    morgan to put tests before ipl.....hahahaha... does he have any other choice?

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    no team in the ipl wants to touch players like morgan, bell, strauss, cook...so what choice do they have?...they have to put tests before ipl because they have no other choice...it's a difficult decision only for some like KP...it's a no brainer for some one like morgan, bell, strauss, cook and the like

  • POSTED BY Jarr30 on | August 28, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Who's Eoin Morgan??? Nowadays every average players want to talk about IPL to be famous.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    A very good decision, Every players should omit IPL.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | August 28, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    While I respect Morgan's decision, I almost wish he wouldn't. I don't think he will get back into the England Test side and kinda hope that he doesn't. Mind you, even if he was told right now that he would never get back into the England Test side, I very much doubt that he would return to playing for Ireland because he still wouldn't get nearly the amount and standard of ODI and T20I cricket playing for Ireland as he can playing for England. With Bopara, Taylor and Bairstow ahead of him in the pecking order now, you'd think that Morgan will have to play out of sight in the CC for the next year or more and at least the three mentioned above will have to fail at Test level, which would take some time to confirm, if it happens at all, which I certainly hope is not the case.

  • POSTED BY bigwonder on | August 28, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    @woodhaven24, you sound like a broken record. If IPL is so bad of an influence then why did SA get #1 status in Test and England (who strongly opposes IPL) lose to badly at home. You may not know but some of best SA players were playing in IPL while England was living in its own bubble. Stop blaming IPL and BCCI forall problems that exists in Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    I think Morgan is a shoe in for the shorter forms but to get back in the test team he's got to score lots of FC runs which he's not doing at the moment. Until he does that his availability is not really the issue.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | August 28, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Morgan has already put the chance of playing tests above playing for his country so I'm glad he's put it above playing IPL.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 28, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    Maybe the Pietersen affair will have some beneficial effects down the line if it causes players to think more aout their priorities. I have to say, though, that I think Morgan has a lot of work to do to get back into England consideration. He has definitely been overtaken by Bairstow, who is three years younger, has a FC average ten runs higher and showed in the last test against SA that he has the temperament for test cricket. Taylor is also knocking on the door and he too is only 22 and his FC average is 14 runs higher than Morgan's. Eoin needs to buckle down and start scoring consistently and heavily in order to get back into contention.

  • POSTED BY thenoostar on | August 28, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    KKR will need to find a new over paid substitute fieldsman.

  • POSTED BY 12thUmpire on | August 28, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Spin manifests in several forms. But facts are obvious. First a contract with ECB means guaranteed pay and on time, whereas bench warmers in some franchises may expect just meal allowances. Second the prospect of facing a SA attack for more than 50 overs with no fielding restrictions is in the distant future, now is a safer time to experiment and increase the middle order pool, with better prospects of facing weaker attacks in the short run. Incidentally Bopara skipped an IPL for England cause (read become a father to a future cricketer! :-)

  • POSTED BY rett on | August 28, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    No matter how you read this Morgan is giving himself the best chance to return to the pinnacle of the game, test cricket. Amazed at the posters taking this as an affront to the IPL.

  • POSTED BY YS_USA on | August 28, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    Baghels.a--Just like India, UK has the TV market and resources to start their own IPL that would rival the IPL and would also pay just as much and eventually, they will have to do that. Currently, they are under the influence of traditionalists trying to preserve the test cricket, but that will come to an end soon.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | August 28, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Good on him -like his attitude - the polar opposite of KP ! Good luck to him, he's a great cricketer, out of form maybe, but the talent is in there and I wish him all the best. He's also an amazing fielder - which counts for a lot.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 28, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    I would imagine scoring runs in the County Championship would be more important! He's averaging 13 over his last FOUR FC matches. I think he needs to at least score some runs before talking up his chances!

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | August 27, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    @Shubham Bajpai ...incapable of having the vision like IPL??? The sole purpose for the creation of the IPL was in repsonse to Kapil Dev's well-intention but ultimately failed vneture of the ICL which was supposed let those players who were ignored for selection the international team on non-cricketing grounds showcase their ability. There was no expectation that the IPL would be financial success that it has become. eng became no1 test team applying the same criteria to india when they no1.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    taking a leaf out of Boparas book ?? :-)

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | August 27, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    More like sour grapes for me. But anyway, if this helps him get a test place, all the best for him.

  • POSTED BY woodhaven on | August 27, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Thats the spirit morgan. Everybody should say the same thing. Ipl isbreally destroying cricket, this ompetition is not even real competition

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | August 27, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    @wattersd: You lost me when you said English players like Azhar Mahmood. It seems everyone who lives in England is an English player for you. Perhaps you also count Julian Assange as an English player !!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Thumbs up for Morgan.Country should always be prefered over MONEY

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | August 27, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    I heard this before..Wonder where? Ahh Ravi Bopara. Where is he now?

  • POSTED BY NaniIndCri on | August 27, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    I don't think he has any realistic chance of getting into the Test team. May be if he plays 2 years in counties and change his game and no other player performs and in meanwhile not loosing his shorter game technique.

  • POSTED BY rock.rockyin on | August 27, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Good for him! Eoin pls follow what ur conscience says. dont run after money . afterall u hav enough I believe!

  • POSTED BY baghels.a on | August 27, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    @yorkshire-86,Actually playing cricket, or warming the bench for a plethora of sub first class Indian journeymen,Oh really my sentiments exactly when a foreign player goes to play in overhyped English premier league among a bunch of substandard English footballers. Stop being jealous of IPL and give respect to those hardworking ,talented cricketers who are much better than your first class journeyman,if ECB and your media/fans would have promoted cricket like football then you blokes would be having your own version of IPL with those 500 cricketers or professionals being involved.

  • POSTED BY teo. on | August 27, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Does anyone know why there has been such a long break between the 1st and 2nd ODI???? Not even a game this past weekend???

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on | August 27, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    KP is a proven player in all forms of game where as Morgan has just excelled in One-dayers and T20s for few years. It is obvious that he wants to prove that he is good in tests as well.

    In addition to that , his career is kind of stalled - he is not getting a chance in IPL team and not playing test cricket. I wish IPL had a concept of transfers - KKR would have sold him to some other team.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | August 27, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    @yorkshire-86: Let me use your own argument here. If Eoin Morgan, who as per you is arguably the second best limited cricket player after KP is not guaranteed a place in the starting XI of a club in a domestic league of India then it tells you a lot about the standard of your own team. Also note that neither KP nor Eoin Morgan are actually English but play on the basis of a mere technicality so the native English players are even less certain to get any place in any eleven. And it IS so; I don't recall any other English player except KP and Owais Shah doing anything notable in the IPL. AFAIK Graeme Swan, Anderson, Bell et al went unsold in the IPL bids in 2012. What does this empirical evidence tell you huh? And btw, just about everyone would love to be paid million dollars or even a few hundred of thousands for bowling 4 overs or batting 10-12 overs on an average per match which would be no more than 18 in 8 weeks time. Ppl dream of such jobs - it seems you prefer a more menial job.

  • POSTED BY Ingerland on | August 27, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    @Shubham Bajpai England was never a good team? Guess that makes India pretty shocking considering we dismantled you last summer!

  • POSTED BY Akshita29 on | August 27, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Morgan is not likely to get a contract from IPL anyway so whats the point of making a choice when there is no choice for real. He is no KP . Kp is loved by DD fans . And last time around Morgan just skipped county games for IPL, if he had played those games and put some good performance we might have seen him back in the England test side after being dropped from the test side for a very poor performance in Uae.All I can he is trying to impress the lord of English cricket , the Great Andy" I hate ipl " Flower who is hell bent on opposing IPL although IPL could have offered an opportunity to learn to play the turning ball in Slow and more importantly low bouncing pitches of subcontinent ..

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    it seems a common english fundamental to get into the team.. oooh i sacrificed IPL,put me in the team. He and another english players except KP and paulii,were never in contention for any team. Seriously we do not need boring english players and there boring style of cricket... go away and India will remain the powerhouse of cricket.. whether these bunch of white girls like it or not..

  • POSTED BY pawaramol22 on | August 27, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    yea... or ECB will cut you out..

  • POSTED BY YS_USA on | August 27, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Yorkshire-86 has a good point. Why create a window for only 3 to 4 players? But, then, if there are 500 professional cricketers, then let those 3 or 4 players play IPL, jeopardize their chances to get selected for their country and if they are truly good, let them play for the country after the IPL. WI has learned to live without Gayle for 2 months and England should have learned to live without KP for 2 months and if he is that good, welcome him for other 10 months. No point in denying big dollars to a few who get selected for IPL for 2 months and play with other players for those 2 months and then let them play for 10 months for the country if they qualify. This is the only solution fore good teams like UK, except for very weak sides like NZ, SL, BD, etc., who would be too weak without their 3 to 4 super stars.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | August 27, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    @yorkshire-86: Let me use your own argument here. If Eoin Morgan, who as per you is arguably the second best limited cricket player after KP is not guaranteed a place in the starting XI of a club in a domestic league of India then it tells you a lot about the standard of your own team. Also note that neither KP nor Eoin Morgan are actually English but play on the basis of a mere technicality so the native English players are even less certain to get any place in any eleven. And it IS so; I don't recall any other English player except KP and Owais Shah doing anything notable in the IPL. AFAIK Graeme Swan, Anderson, Bell et al went unsold in the IPL bids in 2012. What does this empirical evidence tell you huh? And btw, just about everyone would love to be paid million dollars or even a few hundred of thousands for bowling 4 overs or batting 10-12 overs on an average per match which would be no more than 18 in 8 weeks time. Ppl dream of such jobs - it seems you prefer a more menial job.

  • POSTED BY wattersd on | August 27, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    England used to be a good team? You know India couldn't win a single game in England last year? Tests - 4-0 to England, ODI's - 3-0 to England, T20I's - 1-0 to England. I'd take being that bad any day.

    Have you checked the latest international T20 team rankings, have you checked who are the reigning T20 World Champions ... and let's not state England only win at home ... (only place england haven't won recently is India - and India don't exactly have a great record outside of India).

    England players in the IPL - it's because they don't want to play in the IPL because they favour tests and playing for England over IPL - deal with it. Not good enough for IPL - I don't think so ... you even have england players playing IPL that can't even make the england T20 team (e.g. Mascarenhas + Owais Shah, Azhar Mahmood). Are you really telling me that (CSK's) Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus are better bowlers than any of the English bowlers? Really?

    I'm not anti-IPL - but let's not get it twisted?

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | August 27, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    as only 4 overseas players can play in a match is the reason he was not selected for his ipl franchise. as he is the # one in the icc rakings says its more political his non selection. i would guess he hit all of the so called best bowlers when he played international oneday cricket so he does not need to prove anything. his need to play test cricket says much for the guys commitment to england. if money was his only need he could do what he did last ipl and still get his money. as to a guys talent only been worth, is the value a franchise put on his head thats a load of tosh. who in their right mind would pay $900,000 for a guy like Dan Cristian, now that is a joke he cannot bowl or bat.

  • POSTED BY yorkshire-86 on | August 27, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Actually playing cricket, or warming the bench for a plethora of sub first class Indian journeymen, with the odd international slog specialist and the odd true world class player, but earning lots of money doing it. Just goes to show how stupid it is to suggest a 'IPL window' in the English game - if Eoin Morgan, arguably the 2nd best limited overs player in the country after KP, cant get a starting XI place in a franchise - what chance have the other 500 professional cricketers? And would those 500 professionals (and the ECB administrators, and the counties) really want to waste a month of the already limited British summer just to let three or four players earn stupid money sitting on the bench in a foreign league?

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    An Irish trying to break into South Africa 2nd Xl TEST squad !! IPL has become such a major problem for ECB, perhaps its their own fault to invent T20. or jealous cause they were incapable of having the vision like IPL. eng was never a good team yeah maybe 120 yrs ago when there were only two teams AUS and ENG.I still cant get over that article from last year eng in same league as aus and wi of the past. eng just got lucky, how they are ranked #1 in ODI's right now...thats the biggest joke. Eng has never won a tournament champions trophy or wc lol. i cant wait to see Eng "grovel" in the subcontinent Tony Greig.

  • POSTED BY nccricket on | August 27, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Seriously? Does one feel that Eoin's T20 skills & general persona could command a KPesque 1.2 mil? If not, could one assume that Eoin may not be able to secure a lucrative contract and would rather pretend to be a fan of Test cricket? Because I do know that outside of being a billionaire one does indeed work to raise their material standards of living, unless one is Gandhi and if that is the case then one wouldn't really take up cricket for the English team as one's "profession". My 2 cents.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 27, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Nice words from Morgan , but he doesn't seem to have been knocking too hard on the door this year. He needs to seriously up his CC form and games played to get back in

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | August 27, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Smart move by Morgan to get a place in Test side for India in place of KP.

  • POSTED BY MunafAhmed811 on | August 27, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    A victory for preachers of "Country over IPL" band of followers. The irony : Morgan is not even from the country he wishes to represent :

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Hoping the next time Morgan plays Test cricket is for the Country of his birth and that raised him, Ireland need him and England don't as proved by Bairstows runs!

  • POSTED BY YS_USA on | August 27, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Ravi Bopara said the same thing and skipped IPL, but did he selected for tests? A bird in hand is better than two in a bush.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    he was in case not being selected to play by his IPL team

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Hopefully more will will follow his example

  • POSTED BY prathapsj on | August 27, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Its more of a desperate statement from Morgan.. he was benched all over IPL 5.. and his chance of getting contract in future IPL is big doubt... so he is now pampering ECB... so silly from Morgan...

  • POSTED BY o_close on | August 27, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Are we having some selective memory here - or have we forgotten the choices made during the previous season

  • POSTED BY V.Jammy on | August 27, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Lol.. This is awesome man! If you want to extract some gains from ECB, just become an anti-IPL element!!

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | August 27, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Poor decision IMO unless he completely changes his entire technique he will never be a TEST batsman, he should take the IPL money and experience and continue to be a good one day specialist.

  • POSTED BY Shaikhsters on | August 27, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Haha...Morgan is behaving as if he is really 'wanted' in the IPL. He couldn't even make it once to the KKR playing 11 last season and was warming the bench throughout the tournament.

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | August 27, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    He is a Flop in IPL. I think IPL doesn't need him. Indians love KP.

  • POSTED BY Akshita29 on | August 27, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    lol..... pure guy did not got a single game in ipl 2012. I suspect that would be the same in 2013 too .So if he has any self respect he should never play in IPL . However I personally like to watch his batting..............

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    well after sitting on the bench for most of the matches in this years IPL for KKR(coz their r better players than him in tat team) he has finally realised he aint KP to walk into any team in the world n start in the playing 11.. n now he is thinking to impress flower rather than making easy money but for matter of fact he'll never be selected to play for england test team again in future as they already hav a formidable middle order in bell,bairstow,prior,bopara n if KP makes it to the team then he ill eat his words n think of playin in IPL again.. well i like the way he plays hez more suited for ODI n T20 ..

  • POSTED BY Fanof2020 on | August 27, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Who has time to watch 5 day test cricket? 20/20 is a lot more interesting and IPL and 20/20 are the best cricket to watch. If Morgan wants to play test cricket, good for him. I won't miss him in IPL and won't watch him in Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY Mahesh4811 on | August 27, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    You are my favorite cricketer! Wish you all the very best and grab every opportunity that comes to your way.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Its just shows the Stubbornness of ECB regarding IPL that players forcefully have to play the County Cricket..that is the Reason England Cricket wont rise.

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  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Its just shows the Stubbornness of ECB regarding IPL that players forcefully have to play the County Cricket..that is the Reason England Cricket wont rise.

  • POSTED BY Mahesh4811 on | August 27, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    You are my favorite cricketer! Wish you all the very best and grab every opportunity that comes to your way.

  • POSTED BY Fanof2020 on | August 27, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Who has time to watch 5 day test cricket? 20/20 is a lot more interesting and IPL and 20/20 are the best cricket to watch. If Morgan wants to play test cricket, good for him. I won't miss him in IPL and won't watch him in Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    well after sitting on the bench for most of the matches in this years IPL for KKR(coz their r better players than him in tat team) he has finally realised he aint KP to walk into any team in the world n start in the playing 11.. n now he is thinking to impress flower rather than making easy money but for matter of fact he'll never be selected to play for england test team again in future as they already hav a formidable middle order in bell,bairstow,prior,bopara n if KP makes it to the team then he ill eat his words n think of playin in IPL again.. well i like the way he plays hez more suited for ODI n T20 ..

  • POSTED BY Akshita29 on | August 27, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    lol..... pure guy did not got a single game in ipl 2012. I suspect that would be the same in 2013 too .So if he has any self respect he should never play in IPL . However I personally like to watch his batting..............

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | August 27, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    He is a Flop in IPL. I think IPL doesn't need him. Indians love KP.

  • POSTED BY Shaikhsters on | August 27, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Haha...Morgan is behaving as if he is really 'wanted' in the IPL. He couldn't even make it once to the KKR playing 11 last season and was warming the bench throughout the tournament.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | August 27, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Poor decision IMO unless he completely changes his entire technique he will never be a TEST batsman, he should take the IPL money and experience and continue to be a good one day specialist.

  • POSTED BY V.Jammy on | August 27, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Lol.. This is awesome man! If you want to extract some gains from ECB, just become an anti-IPL element!!

  • POSTED BY o_close on | August 27, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Are we having some selective memory here - or have we forgotten the choices made during the previous season