Test call surprises Morgan

Twenty20 star thrilled with new England chance

Last Updated: 25/05/10 1:02pm

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Eoin Morgan admits that he was surprised to be called up to England's squad for the series with Bangladesh, but is now looking to make an impact at Test level.

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The Middlesex batsman has been included in the 12-man set-up after his runs helped England to victory in the ICC World Twenty20.

But despite a string of fantastic performances, Morgan says he did not expect to be handed a Test chance when contacted by national selector Geoff Miller.

"It did surprise me, it did. To get that phone call - I was wondering what it was going to be, from Geoff Miller," the 23-year-old toldSky Sports News.


"It's every kid's dream to get a phone call like that and since then I've just been very excited, but looking forward to being part of a successful squad."

Morgan made his One Day International debut for England a year ago, although he also has significant international experience for Ireland.

He has now become a fixture in limited-overs contests for England and believes he can continue his progression by impressing in the Test arena.

"Very exciting, exiting times in my career certainly," Morgan added. "The last six months I've been part of a very successful England team, which has been great. And my individual game has come quite a long way in that time, and improved quite a lot.


"So, very exciting times for me at the moment."

The left-hander does not think he will be under extra scrutiny to produce if he plays against Bangladesh and insists he will stick to the style of batting he uses at county level.

"I'm going to continue to play the way I do in the long form of the game, which is quite simple," Morgan said.

"It's not a case of taking everything to the bowlers as it has been the last six months. But, again, I'm going to be looking forward to it and hopefully I can make an impact."

He also believes he is unlikely to get the opportunity to display his innovative shots that have caught the eye recently.

The Irish-born player added: "I don't think I'll have to play any of them. But if the game dictates that I'm not going to be shy in playing."

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