England picks Morgan for 1st Sri Lanka test

Eoin Morgan was picked by England on Sunday as the middle-order replacement for the retired Paul Collingwood ahead of next week’s first test against Sri Lanka.

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Published: Sun 22 May 2011, 7:35 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:30 AM

Collingwood quit test cricket after England retained the Ashes in Australia, and Morgan’s 193 against Sri Lanka this week for the second-tier England Lions side earned him a spot in the 12-man squad ahead of Ravi Bopara.

“Ravi has been getting a lot of runs for Essex, but the controlled innings that Eoin played just gave him the nod,” national selector Geoff Miller said. “That innings really just showed us what he is capable of doing.

“It shows his strength of character.”

The former Ireland batsman was part of England’s Ashes squad but did not play until the one-day series. He was then drafted into England’s World Cup squad as an injury replacement after missing out on initial selection because of a fractured finger.

Steven Finn was selected as backup to pace bowlers James Anderson, Chris Tremlett and Stuart Broad for the first of three tests starting Thursday in Cardiff.

England squad: Andrew Strauss (captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott.

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