Eoin Morgan

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Eoin Morgan
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Personal information
Full name Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan
Born (1986-09-10) 10 September 1986 (age 28)
Dublin, Ireland
Nickname Moggie[1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Middle-order batsman
International information
National side
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 3 June 2014 
England v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 16
Domestic team information
Years Team
2003–2008 Ireland (squad no. 50)
2006–present Middlesex (squad no. 7)
2010 RC Bangalore
2011–2013 Kolkata Knight Riders
2013-2014 Sydney Thunder (squad no. 16)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 16 113[nb 1] 78 211
Runs scored 700 3,448 3,859 6,296
Batting average 30.43 40.09 34.45 38.39
100s/50s 2/3 6/21 9/18 11/37
Top score 130 124* 209* 161
Balls bowled 97 42
Wickets 2 0
Bowling average 41.50
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/24
Catches/stumpings 11/– 46/– 63/1 79/–
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.[2]

In 2013 he continued in IPL 6 playing for Kolkata Knight Riders as a high-order batsman.

Youth and early career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[3] 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.[4] Two years later, he captained Ireland in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup where he finished as the second-highest overall run-scorer.[5]

Domestic career[edit]

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.[6] 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.

IPL[edit]

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.[7] However, he was frequently in and out of the side and was not given much opportunity.[8] Morgan was purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders for $350,000 at the 2011 IPL auctions for the next 3 years.[9]

Ireland career[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] In February 2007, Morgan was named in Ireland's 15-man squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.[13] Although Ireland performed well in the tournament, Morgan struggled personally, scoring just 91 runs from nine innings.[8] In all, Morgan played in 23 ODIs for Ireland, scoring 744 runs at an average of 35.42.

England[edit]

On the Fringes[edit]

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.’[14] 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,[15] and came on for Matthew Hoggard on the third day.[16] 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.[17] Morgan was part of the England Performance Programme squad in India in the winter of 2008,[18] although no matches were played as the tour was cancelled after the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.[19] Morgan was also part of the England Lions for the winter tour of New Zealand.[20]

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.[21] 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".[22]

2009 West Indies, Australia and South Africa[edit]

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.[23][24] 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, making scores of 2 and 6 not out, 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.[25][26]

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.[27] Morgan scored 67 runs from just 34 balls in England's innings.[28]

Morgan batting against Bangladesh in 2010.

In the ODI series against South Africa, Morgan was selected in the team for the second match of the series. He made 27 to help England secure a seven wicket victory. In the following match he was dismissed for a duck as South Africa secured a convincing victory, winning by 112 runs. He kept his place for the next match, where he scored 28 to help England win the match by seven wickets.

2010 Bangladesh, World T20 and Australia[edit]

He played well in the ODI series in Bangladesh. After making 33 in the first match of the series, he hit a magnificent unbeaten 100 to help England win the second ODI by two wickets. His innings earns him the man of the match award. He made 36 in the final match of the series, meaning he had scored 169 runs in the three matches he had played. Morgan was one of England's stand out batsmen in the series and his performances earns him praise from the media.

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,[29][30] as well as the Super Eights game against New Zealand.[31] 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.[32][33]

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[34] 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.

2010 Bangladesh and Pakistan[edit]

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.[35] 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.[36] In the second Test, he scored 37 runs as England won by an innings and 80 runs.[37]

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. He was only needed to bat once in the next match, where he made 6 runs as England took a 2-0 lead in the series. In the third match he made scores of 17 and 5, as England won to go 3-0 up in the series. Morgan was out for a duck in his only innings in the final match of he series, but England still won 4-0. In the first ODI he made 13 runs. In the third ODI he made an impressive 61, although England lost the match by 23 runs. In the final match of the series he scored 107 not out to help England win by 121 runs.

2011 Australia and World Cup[edit]

Morgan did not perform well during the ODI series with Australia. His top score of the series came in the third match between the two sides, where he made 30. He made 24 in the next match to help England win by 21 runs. In the fifth ODI he made just two as Australia won the match by 51 runs. The sixth match of the series saw Morgan make 21 from just 13 balls, but it was not enough to prevent another a England defeat, this time by two wickets.

Morgan was not initially named in England's squad for the 2011 World Cup as he was suffering from a fractured finger,[38] but was later called up following an injury to Kevin Pietersen.[39] On 11 March 2011 he made his World Cup debut for England, scoring 63 runs in the defeat to Bangladesh,[40] making him only the fourth player to have represented two different nations at the Cricket World Cup.[41] He made 7 in the next match against the West Indies as England qualified for the Quarter Finals. However, they lost to Sri Lanka by ten wickets, although Morgan made 50 off 66 balls.

2011 India and Sri Lanka[edit]

Eoin Morgan batting in July 2011 in the 5th ODI against Sri Lanka. He scored 57 runs from 60 balls.

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.[42] In nine innings for Kolkata Knight Riders Morgan scored 137 runs with a highest score of 66.[43] 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.[44] 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.[45]

England won the three-match series 1–0, with Morgan scoring 168 runs from four innings including two half-centuries.[46] Stuart Broad replaced Collingwood as T20I captain in June, and Morgan was named as vice-captain in the format.[47] England also won the five-match ODI series 3–2,[48] with Morgan scoring 158 runs including another two half-centuries.[49] His performance in the series saw Morgan move up one place in the ICC's ODI rankings to 23rd.[50]

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[51][52] 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.[53] England won the match by 319 runs.[52] 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.[54] Whereas Bopara scored just seven runs in the third Test, Morgan scored his second Test century as England amassed 710/7 declared.[55] England won the Test series 4–0 and in the process replaced India as the number 1 ranked Test team in the world.[56][57] Morgan's 194 runs in the series came at an average of 32.33.[58]

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,[59] 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.[61] 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.[62] 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.[63]

2012 Pakistan and West Indies[edit]

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 made scores of 24 and 14 in the first Test. It was in the second Test where he came under increased pressure, scoring just 3 runs in the entire match after being dismissed for a duck in the second innings. His top score of the series came in his final innings of the tour, where he made 31.[64] Morgan, Pietersen, and Bell played in all three matches and each scored fewer than 90 runs in the series.[65] 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.[66]

Although he was omitted from the test side, Morgan remained a key figure in the limited overs formats. He made 21 in the first ODI against the West Indies, although he did not bat in the second match. He also only played a small part in the T20 match between the two sides, as he made 2 at the back end of England's innings.

2012 Australia and South Africa[edit]

He made 89 not out in the first ODI against Australia to help England win the match by 15 runs. He followed this up by making an unbeaten 43 in the second ODI, and do not have to bat in the fourth match of the series as England won by eight wickets. He made nine not out in the final match of the series to help England over the line and secure a seven wicket victory.

He was seen as one of contender to replace Kevin Pietersen after he was not selected for the Test team following reports of him texting South Africans players, but selectors choose young James Taylor. He still played a big part in the limited overs series. He scored 27 as England made 207 in the first ODI, losing by 80 runs. In the second match he made an impressive 73 as England levelled the series. He made 36 not out in the next match as England took a lead in the series. However, Morgan was out for a duck in the final match as England lost by 7 wickets. He was not effective with the bat in the T20 series, scoring just 15 runs in the series, although this was partly due to him having limited time at the crease.

In the World T20, Morgan was seen as a vital player who would have to perform if they were to do well. He made 27 in their opening win against Afghanistan but was out for 2 as England were thrashed by India, but still qualified in second place. He hit 71 runs of just 36 against the West Indies in the first match of the Super Eight stage. However, despite his efforts,a England still lost by 15 runs. He hit 30 against New Zealand as England won to keep their hopes of qualification alive. However, England lost to Sri Lanka by seven wickets meaning that their hopes of progressing were over as they were knocked out of the competition.

2013 India and New Zealand[edit]

He captained the T20 team against India in the absences of Stuart Broad,[2] who was out injured. He only made 5 in the first game but made an unbeaten 49 in the second as England won by 5 wickets to level the series. Morgan was praised for captaincy and many pundits suggested he would lead England on a permanent basis in the future.

Morgan was selected for the One Day series against India at the beginning of 2013. He made 41 from 38 balls in the first match, as England won by 9 runs. He suffered poor form as England lost the next three games, his scores including 10 and a duck. However, he returned to form for the for the final match of the series where he hit an unbeaten 40 as he guided England to an impressive 7 wicket win. Although England lost the series 3-2, it was seen as an improvement given their recent poor performances in ODIs in India.

In the first match against New Zealand, he helped England set 214 after he smashed 46 of just 26 balls as England won the match by 40 runs. In contrast, he only made 13 from 22 deliveries in the next match as England lost by 55 runs. The series decider was rained off. He started the ODI Series in poor fashion, making just 1 in their opening defeat. He did not bat in the next game as England levelled the series at 1-1. He helped England win the decider, hitting 39 of 24 balls to help set up a 5 wicket win. He made just 6 in the first match of the return series, before making 21 in the second. England lost this game by 86 runs after New Zealand scored 359. He made 28 in the final game as England won by 34 runs. He made seven in the only T20 International, as England lost the one off game by 5 runs.

2013 Champions Trophy and Australia[edit]

Morgan had an unproductive start to the 2013 Champions Trophy, making a score of 8 against Australia and then 13 against Sri Lanka. With England needing to beat New Zealand to qualify from their group, Morgan made 15 to help England secure a victory. In the semi final against South Africa, he made an unbeaten 15 to help guide England to victory and reach the final against India. He made 33 in the final against India, which turned out to be a low scoring affair, but could not get England over the line as they finished the tournament as runners up.

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.

He joined up with the England squad in Australia after they had lost the Ashes 5-0, meaning morale was low. In the first ODI, he made 50 of 47 balls, but England went on to lose by 5 wickets. He made a century in the next match, but England were unable to close the game and lost by a single wicket. Morgan made yet another 50 in the third match, but they lost the game to go 3-0 down in the series. He hit 33 in the next match as England won their first game of he tour, but lost again in the final game where Morgan made 39. He did not take his impressive ODI form in pot the T20 series, where he scored just 10 runs in the first two matches. However, he top scored with 34 in the final match, as England were bowled out for 111 to end a miserable tour.

2014 West Indies and T20 World Cup[edit]

In the warm up to the T20 World Cup, England embarked on a one day tour of the West Indies. In the played in the third ODI match, although he was out for just one. Morgan failed to make a big impact on the T20 series between the two team, making just 19 in the first match as England lost by 27 runs. He made just three as England lost the next match by five wickets. In the final match of the series he made 18 to help England win the match, although they lost the series 2-1.

In the T20 World Cup, England lost their first game to New Zealand, with Morgan making just 12. However, they secured an unlikely victory in the next game against Sri Lanka with Morgan hitting 57 and batting well alongside Alex Hales to help England chase down a large Sri Lankan score and keep their hopes of winning the tournament alive. However, they lost their next game to South Africa, with Morgan scoring just six to end their hopes of qualifying. In the final game of the tournament they suffered a humiliating defeat to the Netherlands, with Morgan scoring just six.

2014 Sri Lanka and India[edit]

In the ODI series against Sri Lanka, Morgan made 3 in the first match. He top scored with 40 in the next game as England were bowled out for 99 to allow Sri Lanka to level the series. He was not needed to bat in the third match as England secured a big win to retake he lead in the series. Morgan only made 12 in the next match as Sri Lanka won by seven runs to level the series once more. In the final match of the series he made 17 as England lost the game and the series 3-2.

After the first game against India was rained off, Morgan made 28 in the second match as England lost to go 1-0 down in the series. He made 10 in the next match as India secured another win, this time by six wickets. He made 32 in the next match as England suffered a humiliating nine wicket defeat. The manner of the lead to questions over the personnel in the team, and the pressure increased on captain Alistair Cook. Despite this, England won the final match of the series, although Morgan again failed to make a big score, being dismissed for 14. In the only T20 match between the two sides, Morgan hit 71 from just 31 balls in an innings that included seven sixes. England won the match by three runs and Morgan was named man of the match.

Achievements[edit]

International record[edit]

Morgan's ODI and T20I batting and fielding statistics
  Mtchs Runs Avge 100/50 HS Ct
England (Test) 16 700 30.43 2/3 130 11
Ireland (ODI) 23 744 35.42 1/5 115 9
England (ODI) 71 1995 40.71 6/21 124* 28
England (T20I) 35 871 36.29 0/4 85* 19

Ireland ODI centuries[edit]

Eoin Morgan One Day International Centuries For Ireland
No. Score Matches Against City Venue Date
1 115 5  Canada Nairobi Jaffery Sports Club Ground 2007

England ODI centuries[edit]

Eoin Morgan One Day International Centuries For England
No. Score Matches Against City Venue Date
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
5 106 109  Australia Brisbane The Gabba 2014

Test centuries[edit]

# Date Opponent Ground Score
1 29 July 2010  Pakistan Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England 130
2 12 August 2011  India Edgbaston, Birmingham, England 123*

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 23 for Ireland, the rest for England
  2. ^ The other two were Timothy O'Brien and Frederick Fane.[60]

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