Morgan voices Ashes dream
Middlesex man hoping for Test chance
By Joe Drabble. Last Updated: May 22, 2010 12:16pm
Morgan: Ashes hope
ICC World Twenty20 winner Eoin Morgan admits it would be a dream come true to compete in an Ashes series for England.
The unorthodox left-hander capped a sensational start to his international career by helping England to their first ever world title in the Caribbean.
His displays with the bat in the shorter format have prompted calls for the Dublin-born batsman to be named in the Test squad for the forthcoming two-Test series against Bangladesh.
Should Morgan impress against the Tigers, he could find himself in the reckoning for a place in the England squad for the Test series against Pakistan and this winter's Ashes series.
And the 23-year-old, who turned his back on Ireland to play for England last year, believes he has a lot to offer at all levels.
He said: "Every kid who plays cricket dreams of playing in an Ashes series and I'm no different. That would be phenomenal.
"That's a long way away but if I keep playing like I have done then hopefully I will be able to put myself in a good position.
"I certainly think I'm capable of playing Test cricket.
"With the confidence I have shown in the higher levels of the one-day game and the Twenty20 then I think I have the mental game for the Test game.
"It will be difficult to break into the team. The guys that are in there now have been very successful in what they have done.
"I couldn't have put myself in a better position to start the season.
"I have never been in better form myself and I have some scores under my belt so hopefully I'll be given a chance."
Middlesex managing director Angus Fraser also believes Morgan deserves a chance to prove himself in the Test arena.
"He is one of those blokes who makes you sick because he's very good at whatever he turns his hand to," said the former England seamer.
"I think somewhere down the line the selectors will have to take a bit of a punt on him like they have done with other people in the past like they did with Michael Vaughan, Marcus Trescothick and Paul Collingwood.
"They didn't have outstanding first-class records but the selectors ended up picking them because they thought they saw something in them.
"They have gone on to have outstanding Test careers so I would encourage them to do that with Eoin as well."