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Morgan: ‘I’m not just a one-day wonder’

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Eoin Morgan

England batsman Eoin Morgan insists he can shrug of the label of “one-day specialist” and prove himself worthy of a regular Test berth.

The Dublin-born Middlesex man is the likely beneficiary of Ian Bell’s foot injury which has ruled him out of the forthcoming Test series against Pakistan. And Morgan says he aims to use the opportunities this summer as a platform to build a case for Ashes inclusion.

“I need to get a lot of runs because the competition for places is fierce,” said the 23-year-old. “I will be looking to get as many runs as I can. 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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