Tuesday 25 May 2010 

Vaughan Backs Morgan To Make Test Impression

Ahead of a likely Test debut at Lord’s against Bangladesh on Thursday (27th May), Irish-born English batsman Eoin Morgan has received the backing of former England captain Michael Vaughan.

   Eoin Morgan
  Michael Vaughan is backing Eoin
Morgan to adapt to Test cricket
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Morgan was named in England’s 12-man squad following an outstanding performance in England’s victorious ICC World Twenty20 campaign and Vaughan told Cricket World that he has no doubt that Morgan will adapt quickly to the rigours of Test cricket.

“I have no question that he will be able to adapt to Test match cricket; with his mentality, because he is very calm,” Vaughan said during an event in London to promote his Michael Vaughan Cricket initiative.

“We’ll all wait and see whether his technique will stand up to someone like a Shaun Tait, or a Siddle or a Bollinger in a big Test match environment. I certainly see no reason why it shouldn’t. Eoin Morgan maybe three or four years ago wouldn’t have been given the opportunity because Twenty20 cricket wasn’t around, so hopefully, through Twenty20 cricket, we’ve created an outstanding Test cricketer.”

Vaughan also paid tribute to the way Morgan had performed in both Twenty20 and ODI cricket over the last 12 months.

“He came into T20 and then did well in the ODIs, in particular that hundred in Bangladesh. Yes, Bangladesh aren’t the best team but to get a hundred in that format of the game in Bangladesh, chasing, to be not out and to win the game – it was a crucial innings for him and the England team.”

England play two Tests against Bangladesh and then four matches against Pakistan ahead of the tour Australia this winter, where they will attempt to retain the Ashes.

But despite England’s confidence being sky-high after their ICC World Twenty20 win and a successful summer in 2009, Vaughan doesn’t make them favourites.

“I still think Australia are slight favourites heading into this winter,” he added.

“I do expect us to beat Bangladesh comfortably and I do expect us to beat Pakistan comfortably and I’m sure the team will be saying that as well.

“I think (what we might find out) it’d be whether we go in with six batters, four bowlers or five batters, five bowlers. I always like five bowlers, particularly in hot conditions with the Kookaburra ball.

“I’d like to see us go down the five bowlers route. I think under Andrew Strauss and Andrew Flower they may go with six batters and four bowlers – that’s my gut feeling within this team – whether that will be good enough, time will tell.”

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