|Full name||Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan|
10 September 1986 |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|Test debut (cap 649)||27 May 2010
England v Bangladesh
|Last Test||3 February 2012
England v Pakistan
|ODI debut (cap 208)||5 August 2006
Ireland v Scotland
|Last ODI||5 March 2014
England v West Indies
|ODI shirt no.||16|
|Domestic team information|
|2003–2008||Ireland (squad no. 50)|
|2006–present||Middlesex (squad no. 7)|
|2011–2013||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2013-2014||Sydney Thunder (squad no. 16)|
|Source: ESPNcricinfo, 13 March 2014|
Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan (born 10 September 1986) is an Irish cricketer who plays for the England national cricket team. A left-handed batsman, he plays county cricket for Middlesex and has been selected for England's Test, ODI and Twenty20 squads. He originally represented his native Ireland at international level before switching to play for England. He was the first and is one of the only two players in history to score an ODI hundred for two nations and is particularly noted for his end of innings hitting ability, seeing him labelled as a 'finisher'. He is also noted as being a skilful player of the reverse sweep shot.
He has also captained England in T20Is against Ireland and was also named captain for T20Is against India in 2012-13 in Broad’s absence.
In 2013 he continued in IPL 6 playing for Kolkata Knight Riders as a high-order batsman.
Youth and early career
Morgan was born in Dublin and educated at the Catholic University School on Leeson Street, where he won three senior cup titles for the school. In his early teens Morgan played hurling twice a week and this helped develop his skills as a batsman, particularly as the grip for hurling is the same as for the reverse sweep. During this time he also briefly attended Dulwich College to further his cricketing education and it was here that his ambition to play for England began. Morgan represented Ireland's youth teams and was capped at Under-15 and Under-17 level. He was selected in the Irish Under-19 squad for the 2004 Under-19 World Cup, and was Ireland's top run-scorer in the competition. Two years later, he captained Ireland in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup where he finished as the second-highest overall run-scorer.
Morgan scored his maiden first-class century for Middlesex on 5 July 2008 at Uxbridge. This was compiled from 250 balls. He achieved this against the touring South Africans before their Test series against England; the innings included three sixes off spinner Paul Harris. Morgan was part of Middlesex's victorious Twenty20 Cup winning side in 2008. He underlined his growing maturity after leading Middlesex to victory in the County Championship against Kent. After regular captain Shaun Udal was injured on the morning of the match, Morgan was named captain, at a remarkable age of just 22, having been chosen over senior players Owais Shah, Chris Silverwood, Murali Kartik and Tyron Henderson. It was Middlesex's first four-day victory of the season. Udal returned to captain the side for the next match against Essex.
Morgan made his One Day International debut for Ireland on 5 August 2006 at the European Championships against Scotland. He fell one run short of a century, scoring 99 before he was run out. It was the first time in ODI history that a player had been dismissed for 99 on debut. Only two other batsmen passed 20 as Ireland beat Scotland by 85 runs. His maiden ODI hundred came not long after, on 4 February 2007 against Canada in Nairobi. He became the third youngest ever non-subcontinental player to make a century in ODI cricket.
Morgan is the first cricketer to have scored a first-class double century for Ireland with an unbeaten 209 against the United Arab Emirates in February 2007 at Abu Dhabi. In February 2007, Morgan was named in Ireland's 15-man squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Although Ireland performed well in the tournament, Morgan struggled personally, scoring just 91 runs from nine innings. In all, Morgan played in 23 ODIs for Ireland, scoring 744 runs at an average of 35.42.
Morgan told the Sunday Times that ‘From the age of 13, I wanted to play cricket for England. I’ve never felt any shame in saying this is what I wanted to do. And the people at home involved in cricket, they were like, “Fair play, it’s going to be unbelievable if you make it”. So I’ve never had any shame about this and my father’s never had any shame about it.’ England is one of the ten full members of the International Cricket Council, while Ireland is an associate member. Only full member nations can play a full schedule of international cricket, including Test matches.
In May 2007, Morgan was named as one of England's twelfth men for the Lord's Test versus West Indies, and came on for Matthew Hoggard on the third day. On 16 August 2008, Morgan represented the England Lions in a list A match against the touring South Africans. He scored 47* in an unbeaten partnership of 113 with Samit Patel in the course of England Lions securing a six wicket victory. Morgan was part of the England Performance Programme squad in India in the winter of 2008, although no matches were played as the tour was cancelled after the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. Morgan was also part of the England Lions for the winter tour of New Zealand.
He has also captained England in T20Is against Ireland and was also named captain for T20Is against India in 2012-13 in Broad’s absence.
After touring with the England Lions over the winter, it was announced in April 2009 that Morgan was in England's 30-man provisional squad for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. This meant that he could not play for Ireland, who are also participating in the tournament. While disappointed to be denied Morgan's batting, team manager Roy Torrens said "[Morgan's] made no secret of that fact [wanting to play Test cricket]. So you know, it's not totally unexpected to us. We realise this is always going to be a problem with our better players playing in England".
Morgan's progression towards representing the senior England side continued when in May 2009 he was named in England's 14-man squad to face West Indies in a three-match ODI series and the 15-man squad for the World Twenty20. Morgan made his England debut in the second One Day International (after the first was abandoned due to rain), and also played in the third of the series. Morgan was not given much of a chance to impress with the bat, due to not coming in to bat until late in the innings, but was praised for his athletic fielding. Morgan played in the opening match of the World Twenty20 against the Netherlands, but after England's defeat played no further part in the tournament.
At the end of the English Summer, Morgan was involved in the ODI against Australia. Although they had just lost the Ashes to England in the Test series, Australia won the first five games with Morgan one of few batsmen to emerge with any credit, including a first one-day half century for England in the fifth match, winning praise with his innovative style.
In the first game of the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy, Morgan led England to an unexpected victory over much fancied Sri Lanka. He hit an unbeaten 62, and was well supported by Middlesex colleague Owais Shah. Morgan kept wicket for the first time in his professional career in the next match against South Africa, after regular wicket-keeper Matt Prior was struck down by illness. Morgan scored 67 runs from just 34 balls in England's innings.
He was an important part of England's Twenty20 team that won the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies. He top-scored in England's group games against the West Indies and his native Ireland, as well as the Super Eights game against New Zealand. Due to effective team bowling and half-centuries from Kevin Pietersen and Craig Kieswetter, he was hardly needed in the semi-final against Sri Lanka and final against Australia, finishing not-out in both matches.
On the back of his one day success, he was then included in England's Test squad for the home series against Bangladesh. With Paul Collingwood rested, he made his début in the first Test at Lord's on 27 May 2010. He scored 44 runs in the first innings but was not required in the second innings as England won by eight wickets after making Bangladesh follow-on. In the second Test, he scored 37 runs as England won by an innings and 80 runs. England then hosted Australia in a five-match ODI series. In the first game, Morgan scored an unbeaten 103 off 85 balls at the Rose Bowl and followed it up with a half-century in the second, with England winning both matches. England won the series with two games to spare, although they lost both dead rubbers, and Morgan was named Player of the Series. An injury to Ian Bell saw Morgan retained for the Test series against Pakistan. In the first Test at Trent Bridge, he scored a century as England won by 354 runs. Morgan took part in the 2010 Indian Premier League (IPL). In the preceding player auction, he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a sum of $220,000. However, he was frequently in and out of the side and was not given much opportunity. Morgan was purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders for $350,000 at the 2011 IPL auctions for the next 3 years. Morgan was not initially named in England's squad for the 2011 World Cup as he was suffering from a fractured finger, but was later called up following an injury to Kevin Pietersen. On 11 March 2011 he made his World Cup debut for England, scoring 63 runs in the defeat to Bangladesh, making him only the fourth player to have represented two different nations at the Cricket World Cup.
The retirement of Paul Collingwood from Test cricket opened up a place in England's batting order. Morgan and Ravi Bopara were the leading contenders for the position; while Bopara stayed in England to play county cricket, Morgan chose to play in the IPL for six weeks. In nine innings for Kolkata Knight Riders Morgan scored 137 runs with a highest score of 66. His first first-class innings of the English season was in a match for the England Lions against the touring Sri Lankans alongside batsmen competing to the vacant place in England's batting line up. He scored 193 and according to the national selector it was enough to secure his selection for the squad to face Sri Lanka in first Test against Sri Lanka in May. England won the three-match series 1–0, with Morgan scoring 168 runs from four innings including two half-centuries. Stuart Broad replaced Collingwood as T20I captain in June, and Morgan was named as vice-captain in the format. England also won the five-match ODI series 3–2, with Morgan scoring 158 runs including another two half-centuries. His performance in the series saw Morgan move up one place in the ICC's ODI rankings to 23rd. Morgan retained his place when India toured England later that summer for four Tests. In the first three innings Morgan managed just19 runs, including two ducks however in the second innings of the second Test Morgan partnered Matt Prior as the two scored rapid half-centuries against a struggling Indian bowling attack. England won the match by 319 runs. An injury to Jonathan Trott meant that Ravi Bopara, with whom Morgan had been competing for a place earlier that summer, was called into the side. Whereas Bopara scored just seven runs in the third Test, Morgan scored his second Test century as England amassed 710/7 declared. England won the Test series 4–0 and in the process replaced India as the number 1 ranked Test team in the world. Morgan's 194 runs in the series came at an average of 32.33. After the series win against India, Cook was rested for England's one-off ODI against Ireland and Morgan handed the captaincy for the fixture, becoming only the third Irish man to lead England.[nb 2] An innings of 59 from Morgan shepherded his inexperienced team, which featured three debutantes, to victory and secured him the Man-of-the-Match award. During a T20I against India in late August, Morgan's shoulder became acutely painful. He underwent surgery and missed the home and away ODI series against India. Mitigating this disappointment, in September Morgan was awarded a central contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) until September 2012 for the first time. Morgan recovered from his shoulder injury to participate in England's series against Pakistan in the UAE from January to February 2012. England lost the Test series 3–0, and their batsmen struggled to cope against Pakistan's spin bowlers. Morgan, Pietersen, and Bell played in all three matches and each scored fewer than 90 runs in the series. Coach Andy Flower commented that Morgan had struggled during the tour of the UAE, and the batsman was dropped from England's Test squad to tour Sri Lanka in March. He made no impression on the three-match ODI series in New Zealand meaning he again came into an English summer underprepared. He looked out of form against New Zealand, he scored 76 runs at 25.33 and in the Champions Trophy, he scored 84 runs at 21.00 where he broke a thumb which ruled him out for several weeks. He was one of contender to replace injured Kevin Pietersen but selectors choose young James Taylor. Instead he was named as the captain for ODI series against Ireland and Australia. He won the one-off match against Ireland where he scored his career best score unbeaten 124 runs along with Ravi Bopara who also scored a maiden century after Ireland scored 269 and English team of was reduced to 48 for 4. He was consistent against the series against Australia where he led with example as captain even though his team lost 2-1 in series. He scored 54, 5 not out, 53 and 30 in ODIs and in T20I he scored duck and 20. In October 2013, he lost his central contract to Joe Root who featured in all formats for England since November 2012.
|Morgan's ODI and T20I batting and fielding statistics|
Ireland ODI centuries
|Eoin Morgan One Day International Centuries For Ireand|
|1||115||5||Canada||Nairobi||Jaffery Sports Club Ground||2007|
England ODI centuries
|Eoin Morgan One Day International Centuries For England|
|1||110*||40||Bangladesh||Mirpur Thana||Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium||2010|
|2||103*||43||Australia||Southampton||The Rose Bowl||2010|
|3||107*||55||Pakistan||Southampton||The Rose Bowl||2010|
|4||124*||103||Ireland||Malahide||Malahide Cricket Club Ground||2013|
|1||29 July 2010||Pakistan||Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England||130|
|2||12 August 2011||India||Edgbaston, Birmingham, England||123*|
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