England news May 20, 2011

Morgan set to return to IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

Eoin Morgan will return to the IPL if he isn't selected in the England squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Cardiff. On the opening day of the England Lions match at Derby he hit an unbeaten 156 but it is unlikely to be enough to earn him the No. 6 spot.

His franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders, are well on track to reach the play-offs and Morgan revealed he'll be straight back on a plane to India if he isn't needed by his country next week. The tour game against Sri Lanka ends on May 22, and the England squad will be announced the same day. So, if not selected, Morgan could make it back in time for the IPL play-offs which start May 24.

"If I'm not picked I'll make other plans," he told reporters at Derby. "We are looking good at the IPL so if we make the final I'll fly back out."

Morgan hasn't made a huge impression at this year's IPL with 137 runs from nine innings and a top score of 66. He had limited opportunities with the bat but was then moved up to open which afforded him a little more time in the middle.

However, he is adamant that his experience in India has made him a better player. "The conditions out there are difficult and I've learnt a lot, but it was tough," he said. "I got very few opportunities early on so it was all part of the learning curve."

Although Morgan's return to the IPL will be with the blessing of the ECB, he is still taking a gamble because if any of England's top six suffer an injury in the days leading into the first Test he won't be around to take their place.

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  • Amer on May 22, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    There is no reason why Eoin Morgan should be selected for the English test team specially after his performance in the warm ups. He is one of the top English batsmen.

  • Amer on May 22, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Morgan is probably one of the best English batsman (Irish though, just like most of the good English players coming from other nationalities). He has worked hard to reach this level, but still is a bit under-rated I guess. He should be in the English team without a doubt, but for IPL & KKR, I really dont think he has reached that level yet. Not everyone can perform in the IPL, its a different ball game. His absence shouldnt hurt KKR much, instead Haddin or Boucher can be used in a lot better way in his position for batting.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Stop criticizing the poor man. He didn't tell he will play in IPL regardless of whether he is selected or not. BTW, he is tonnes better than many of the clowns they have in their English team. Best of Luck Morgan. I hope you are selected for the test...

  • shameem on May 21, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    137 runs in 9 matches -- still "had limited opportunities?" --- I'm "totally" confused sir!

  • Connor on May 21, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Woakes needs to be pushed into the Test team.. He can bat at 7 and gives England 5 bowlers.. He is in great form, scored centuries and taken 5 wicket hauls already this county season!!! Strauss, Cook, Trott, KP, Bell, Prior, Woakes, Broad, Swann, Tremlett, Anderson!

  • Manzur on May 21, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Morgan isn't a typical english batsman who often plays with V's.He is more of a subcontinent type,wristy,master at manufacturing shots,makes life difficult for the opposing captain to set field.Surely,he is there to cementhis place in English line up.


  • Rue on May 21, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    If Morgans priorities where England then he would fight for his place by playing first class cricket in England...where the test series is being held! He does have a county to play for you know not just KKR. How can IPL fans say about gaining experience on sub continental pitches. ITs a 20 overs slog and hasn't he played in India, Sri Lank before recently. Very disappointed in his attitude but money counts not quality cricket practice. Bopara has done the right thing and deserves his test spot. Both are top batsmen with loads of talent. Bopara has seen IPL for what it is and knows it will not help him get international test selection.

  • Nilantha on May 20, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    I agree , I also dont blame him for returning to the ipl if he doesnt get selected to the england test team...surely it is better to play some cricket rather than sit watching it from the sidelines??

  • lion on May 20, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    i dont understand people criticizing morgan. he left IPL and came to play for england. now if he doesn't get selected then what he should sit at home? come on people, he should then play for IPL. who would not like to play along side of kallis and lee.

  • Nilantha on May 20, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    morgan should walk into the england test team, he is far better than bopara and has shown his class in the england a team game currently going on....he is probably the best england batsman at the moment alongside bell...

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