Morgan sets sights on Test spot

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Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan averaged 24 in first-class cricket for Middlesex last season, but still retains hope of making his Test bow soon

Eoin Morgan is hoping his success in limited-overs cricket can help him realise his boyhood dream of playing in an Ashes series.

The Middlesex batsman has earned plaudits across the country for the aggressive and innovative strokeplay which was key to England winning the ICC World Twenty20 - their first international tournament in history.

Morgan has played 18 one-day internationals and 12 Twenty20 games for England but is yet to make his debut at Test level.

In 2009, Morgan’s first-class average was just 24, but the 23-year-old insists he is good enough to be considered for Test cricket now, and is determined to make England's squad for this winter's Ashes in Australia.

“Every kid who plays cricket dreams of playing in an Ashes series and I'm no different. That would be phenomenal,” he said.

“That's a long way away but if I keep playing like I have done then hopefully I will be able to put myself in a good position. I certainly think I'm capable of playing Test cricket.

“With the confidence I have shown in the higher levels of the one-day game and the Twenty20 then I think I have the mental game for the Test game.

“It will be difficult to break into the team. The guys that are in there now have been very successful in what they have done.

“I couldn't have put myself in a better position to start the season. I have never been in better form myself and I have some scores under my belt so hopefully I'll be given a chance.”

Dublin-born Morgan has no regrets about his decision to switch allegiances from the country of his birth, and is proud of the team's success in the Caribbean.

“The last 12 months have been a dream come true to be honest,” said the left-hander.

“With every game I play I just keep my head down and do my own thing but it's been an absolute pleasure.

“It was a fantastic experience playing out in the West Indies and some of the performances I put in were match-winning contributions, so I really enjoyed myself."

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