Jun 11 2012 By Sam Rogers
MIDDLESEX batsman Eoin Morgan insists he would be very surprised if he was to feature for England in the forthcoming test series against South Africa.
This is despite a dazzling century against Lancashire at Lords on Sunday.
Morgan, 26, has represented his adopted country 16 times in the test arena, reaching three figures on two occasions, but was dropped ahead of the series in Sri Lanka in February after a tough time against Pakistan, where scored less than 90 runs in six innings.
Morgan insists though that he must put that disappointment behind him and concentrate fully on scoring runs for his county.
“I was dropped ahead of the Sri Lanka series and havent had a look in since, so i would be very surprised if I was to feature this summer,” he said. “I cant think about that though, all i can do now is score as many runs as I can for Middlesex as I can and push my name up the ladder to build up the confidence and get back to where I was.”
The Irishman though, made a superb return to domestic cricket with a 54-ball 116 against Lancashire in the CB40 on Sunday, which he believes has come at an ideal time with One-Day International series’ against the West Indies and Australia coming up in the near future.
“It was certainly up there for me as one of my best, and it was nice to get my first substantial 50 ball hundred for Middlesex to show them what I can do.
“Given the circumstances of the game with power plays and hitting towards the end of the innings, it is great practice at the right time for me, as I have batted in that number five position [for England] for three years now so I want to get that nailed down.”
Morgan’s impressive century, which included an incredible 11 maximums, helped Middlesex to a 163 run victory over Lancashire, as he makes his return to domestic cricket after a frustrating stint at the IPL with Kolkata Knight Riders, which saw the Dubliner not face a competitive delivery in the competition.
He added, “I took a lot from my time over there (with the knight riders), I was always close to playing but when you are alongside some great players like [Jacques] Kallis, [Sunil] Narine, and [Brett] Lee, its hard to get a game as an overseas player. I always seem to come back from the IPL hitting the ball alot cleaner so that is a positive.”
It is his team-mate Narine that has become somewhat of an enigma in world cricket in recent times as the ‘mystery’ spinner, who took 24 wickets on his way to being named IPL player of the tournament, was handed a test debut in the third test between England and the West indies at Edgbaston, after dazzling the T20 competition with 24 wickets to be named player of the tournament.
“On those types of pitches, he looked like one of the best in the world, I had the opportunity to train with him pretty much every day with the Knight Riders and I found playing him very difficult.”
Middlesex now face the West Indians in a limited overs tour match, on Wednesday, before launching their Twenty20 campaign against rivals Surrey at Lord’s on Thursday.