Morgan thinking positive

Atapattu insists tourists weren't hiding by opting to bowl first

Last Updated: 03/06/11 7:52pm

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Morgan: weighed in with 79 on his home ground

Morgan: weighed in with 79 on his home ground

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Eoin Morgan admits he is still adapting to Test cricket after helping England produce an impressive recovery on day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka.

The hosts reached the close at Lord's on 342-6 after having been put into bat by the tourists.

However they had at one stage been 22-3 during the morning session, before opener Alastair Cook led the fightback with a fine knock of 96.

Morgan also played his part with a a responsible innings of 79, one that included 10 fours and two sixes, after he had walked to the crease with his side on 130-4.

"The pitch is a lot slower than we thought, so there is a lot of hard work ahead of us."
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Natural game

"It was an in-between position (when he came in to bat). But I stuck with my natural game, I tried to be positive especially against the spinners," he told Sky Sports HD.

"The ball did nip around a little in the morning so I had to be watchful there at the start.

"I looked to pace myself and get myself in. It gets easier as you get in and then I tried to be positive once I was in.

"It is my game in one-day cricket and I'm trying to adapt it to Test cricket."

Morgan combined with Cook to put on 71 for the fifth wicket before then adding a further 101 in a record sixth-wicket partnership with Matt Prior, who finished the day unbeaten on 73.

"To go out and bat the way we did and be positive towards the end, it leaves us in a good position for tomorrow," the Middlesex batsman added, having missed out on a Test hundred at his home ground.

"The pitch is a lot slower than we thought, so there is a lot of hard work ahead of us. We're in a good position and hopefully we can push on tomorrow."

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka were left to look back on what might have been after letting their opponents off the hook.

"Up until tea I thought it was our day, but them getting 170 over 36 overs was not so good," the tourists' batting coach Marvan Atapattu said.

"There was a lack of discipline, a lack of experience - a lot of our bowlers are in their early days in Test cricket. I'm sure they'll put it right having seen videos of their bowling this evening.

"It's important that we get early wickets tomorrow and it is important to bowl a bit straighter to people like Matt Prior, who batted really well.

"We need to get a couple of early wickets and wrap this innings up."

No hiding

Atapattu also insisted that the decision to bowl first had nothing to do with their final-day collapse in the series opener in Cardiff.

The tourists were skittled for 82 in their second innings at the SWALEC Stadium on Monday, condemning them to an innings defeat in a game that had looked destined for a draw due to the amount of time lost to rain.

"At Cardiff we were taken by surprise. It's not about hiding the batsmen, we have three batsmen in the top 10 of the ICC rankings," he added.

"We were disappointed to have batted only 24 overs on the last day in Cardiff but we have got batsmen who are good enough, who have showed their class and showed what they can do in Test cricket."

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