England v New Zealand: Eoin Morgan ‘blew chances of re-call’

England v New Zealand: Eoin Morgan blew his chances of earning a Test re-call by opting to play a full part in IPL, says Geoff Miller

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey
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Eoin Morgan has not featured in an England Test since February last year Photo: The Sport Review

Eoin Morgan blew his chances of earning a Test re-call for the forthcoming series with New Zealand by opting to play a full part in the Indian Premier League, according to national selector Geoff Miller.

The batsman decided to play an entire season of the Twenty20 tournament with the Kolkata Knight Riders and Miller claimed that the choice meant the 26-year-old had no chance of being included in the squad to face the Black Caps.

Kevin Pietersen’s absence because of injury created a vacancy in the middle-order and with doubts remaining over Jonny Bairstow and Ravi Bopara’s longer format credentials, there may have been an opportunity for the Dublin-born left-hander to add to his sixteen Test appearances.

“Eoin has effectively ruled himself out of contention. He has made the decision to stay out there. That’s fine and he appreciates what that means for Test selection,” said Miller.

“Now he has got to show that he’s better than other players who might be ahead of him, who are on duty for the Lions.

“We’re happy to say, ‘Right, if that’s what you want to do, you want to stay out there, you can stay there’. But if you want to get back, you’ve got to prove your worth. He needs big runs for Middlesex.”

Despite a promising start to his Test career, Morgan last featured in a five-day game in February 2012 and obviously felt he wasn’t in contention for the forthcoming series, instead deciding to remain in India to enhance his worldwide reputation as one of the finest limited -overs batsman on the international circuit.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed a successful IPL campaign with the Knight Riders and has scored 300 runs at an average of just under thirty so far in the competition.

Meanwhile, Mark Lane has taken the decision to stand down from the role of head coach to the England women’s cricket team after five years in charge.

Shortly after being appointed in April 2008, Lane guided England women as they retained the Ashes sand followed this with wins in the ICC Women’s World Cup and ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in 2009.

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