Eoin Morgan must shine for Middlesex to recapture Test spot

18:05 01 June 2012

Middlesex

Middlesex's Eoin Morgan hits out

EMPICS Sport

Eoin Morgan admits he must keep accumulating runs for Middlesex if he is to force his way back into the England Test team.

The left-hander notched his first Middlesex half-century in almost two years as the Lord’s side maintained control on the third day of their County Championship clash with Sussex.

But Morgan knows he needs an extended run of form with the bat in county cricket if he is to regain the England place he lost after the 3-0 whitewash against Pakistan last winter.

“It’s good to be back playing after two months when I didn’t have a competitive game,” Morgan told london24.com. “I’m pretty excited about making sure I get some runs now for Middlesex.

“Short-term, it’s about getting runs under my belt and showing what I can bring to the table. Obviously I want to be involved in the one-day international series coming up and long-term get back into the Test side. “But I know I’ve got to perform and the only way I’ll get back in with England is by weight of runs.

“A few years ago, I was playing for Middlesex and within six months I was involved in all forms of international cricket, so that shows how quickly things can turn around.”

The 25-year-old – whose most recent Middlesex half-century also came against Sussex, in July 2010 – missed out on three figures on Friday when he was caught behind for 71 off Steve Magoffin.

Stand-in skipper Chris Rogers, who had been the other not-out batsman overnight, fell lbw to Luke Wright just two runs short of his century, but Middlesex built a healthy first innings lead of 208.

John Simpson (34) and Gareth Berg (45) made valuable contributions before Ollie Rayner and Toby Roland-Jones embarked on an entertaining ninth-wicket partnership of 76.

Rayner reached 69 before he eventually holed out to Wright at long-on, but Roland-Jones (52) swung Michael Yardy for six to post his maiden half-century and was out in the next over as Middlesex were dismissed for 491.

Steven Finn made the breakthrough in Sussex’s second innings when former Middlesex batsman Ed Joyce (8) fell to an excellent catch by Berg at third slip.

The visitors had progressed to 34-1 – still trailing by 174 – before bad light halted play and Middlesex will go into the final day as favourites for victory, provided the weather holds.

Live Blog Transfer Window Live - August 1

 

Latest Stories

13:17
The banksy mural in Jeffrey's Street defaced by Team Robbo in 2011. Picture: Polly Hancock

An underground artist who became embroiled in a graffiti turf war with stencil artist Banksy in Camden has died having been in a coma since 2011.

Read more
12:50
The man fell from the top floor penthouse above Barclays Bank in West Hampstead (Picture via Google StreetView)

A man who reportedly fell to his death from a penthouse in Hampstead while naked has been indentified as a Harley Street doctor who ran a Botox clinic.

Read more
Planned engineering works could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Read more

TOP STORIES

Promotions

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.