Morgan - I can adapt

Left-hander still hopeful of Ashes call

Last Updated: 20/07/10 10:45am

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Morgan: Ashes hope

Morgan: Ashes hope

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England batsman Eoin Morgan insists he will not be satisfied until he has established himself as a Test match star.

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The Dublin-born left-hander has made a name for himself as a one-day specialist in his international career to-date, however he is keen to remove that tag with equally impressive displays at Test level.

Morgan, who was named player of the series in the recent one-day triumph over Australia, is one of the front-runners to replace Ian Bell in England's Test team to face Pakistan later this month.

Bell faces a lengthy lay-off after fracturing his foot against Bangladesh, presenting Morgan with an ideal opportunity to stake his claim for a place on the plane to Australia this winter.

Very happy

Speaking on the possibility of an Ashes place, Morgan said: "If it comes then I will look forward to it.

"I only came into the side a year ago and a lot has happened since then, if I have another year like this, I will be very happy. But it means taking every opportunity as it comes.

"The England captain (Andrew Strauss) has seen me play at Middlesex enough times to know what I am like."

Morgan knows that he needs to score big runs against Pakistan in order to hold off competition from players such as Ravi Bopara in the England middle-order.

The four-Test series with Pakistan begins at Trent Bridge on July 29 and Morgan places high expectation on his own form.

"I need to get a lot of runs because the competition for places is fierce," he added. "I will be looking to get as many runs as I can.

Relaxed

"You have a longer time to get in and you can bat all day. Sometimes you might have to dig in and sometimes you might have to lash it.

"I like to take my chances and be as relaxed about it as possible. Against Bangladesh it was different because I was probably building it up more than I should have.

"I was a bit anxious when I went out to bat but when I was out there I was quite relaxed, it was fine. I appreciate where I have come from and what I have done. But I know it can easily go the other way.

"The last time England played in Australia in an Ashes series in 2006-07, I was in South Africa with Ireland at a training camp. So playing in an Ashes series was a million miles away and it was the same for me last year.

"Test match cricket is the ultimate. I won't be satisfied finishing my career just being good at the shorter forms of the game."

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