Eoin Morgan dropped from England squad to tour Sri Lanka
Eoin Morgan will not take part in England's Test series in Sri Lanka after a disappointing display in the United Arab Emirates
England batsman Eoin Morgan has been dropped from the Test squad to tour Sri Lanka next month after a poor showing against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
The decision marks the end of a torturous run of form for the left-hander after scoring just 199 runs in 17 innings on the UAE tour.
Uncapped all-rounder Samit Patel will replace Morgan in the 16-man squad, and the England selectors have gone with four spinners for the two-match series.
James Tredwell has received a recall and he will join Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar and Patel, but Graham Onions has not been included after replacing the injured Chris Tremlett for the UAE trip.
Morgan is the one casualty from what can only be described as a disastrous display which saw Pakistan ease to a 3-0 Test series whitewash against the tourists.
The 25-year-old is expected to take part in the Indian Premier League, but England coach Andy Flower believes the Irish-born batsman can break back into the Test side.
“He has got some work to do I think on his Test game – that’s going to be quite difficult for him considering his next cricket is going to be IPL cricket,” said Flower.
“When he comes back he’ll have limited exposure to opportunities to get four-day cricket under his belt so he has got to go away and give some serious thought to his method in Test cricket.
“I still think he has a very exciting future in Test cricket; he’s only 25 years old and he’s a very talented player, a very confident player and a very dangerous player.
“If he can get his game in order so that the next time he gets a chance in Test cricket he can grab it with both hands, then he will fulfil his wishes for his cricket career and England will be a better side for it.”
National selector Geoff Miller believes the Sri Lanka tour represents an opportunity to show England have learnt from their mistakes in the UAE.
“There is no doubt that this Test series will be a challenging one but it is exciting that players have an opportunity to demonstrate that they have learnt from the disappointment of the Pakistan Test series and can make further strides in developing the skills needed to succeed on the subcontinent,” he said.
England will send out seven players early on 5 March to ensure that they acclimatise to conditions quicker than in the UAE, a mistake that Flower is keen to put right.
Batting coach Graham Gooch will lead the training camp involving skipper Strauss, Ian Bell, Steven Davies, Panesar, Patel, Prior and Tredwell.
“We learnt a couple of lessons on our tour against Pakistan in Dubai, one of them being we need to be up to speed for the first morning of each match so we sent a few players out early, the ones that have not been out here for two months solidly,” Flower added.
England Test squad: Andrew Strauss (Captain) (Middlesex); James Anderson (Lancashire); Ian Bell (Warwickshire); Ravi Bopara (Essex); Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire); Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire); Alastair Cook (Essex); Steven Davies (Surrey); Steven Finn (Middlesex); Monty Panesar (Sussex); Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire); Kevin Pietersen (Surrey); Matt Prior (Sussex); Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire); James Tredwell (Kent) and Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire).