Morgan eager to regain spot in Test team

"That hunger and ambition to play Test cricket is still there"

“That hunger and ambition to play Test cricket is still there”

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England batsman Eoin Morgan has expressed his eagerness to regain a spot in the country’s Test team ahead of their upcoming home series against Sri Lanka.

Morgan, who has represented England in 16 Test matches, is hoping to capture the attention of the national selectors with a string of strong performances for Middlesex in the County Championship.

“There’s five games now in six weeks and to play continuous Championship cricket without any Twenty20 or One Day cricket in between is great,” Morgan, whose last Test match with England came against Pakistan in February 2012, said. “There’s some great continuity in it and certainly if I find if I can get some runs in that period and put myself in some form maybe I’m in with a shout (of making the Test side.)

“If I was to get back in, certainly my role has always been in the middle order. It’s getting myself in and allowing myself to express myself and ultimately scoring a weight of runs.”

Morgan was also quick to dismiss suggestions that he was more of a limited overs specialist.

“I think predominately because I’ve had a little bit of success in Twenty20 and ODI cricket and probably haven’t had that much success in four-day or even Test match cricket,” he said. “But again, when given the chance, I absolutely love my time in the Test side, I scored two centuries which, again, highlights of my career to date.

“But again that hunger and ambition to play Test cricket is still there, hence why I’ve come back early.

“Fingers crossed. If I can get enough runs I certainly think I’m in with a shout.”

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