So, Eoin Morgan then?

Eoin Morgan is wearing white

He’s been kind of crap of late and even when he has made runs in Tests, they’ve seemed a bit jousey. However, at the same time, he’s been a pyrotechnic gnarl-dog in one-day internationals and they ain’t ten a penny.

Should England drop him? He’s not the only one to have failed to make runs in this series and he made a hundred not long before. Have we been spoilt by the likes of Strauss, Cook, Prior and Trott, all of whom made tons on Test debut? Are we so impatient we punch the microwave for its tardiness?

Then again, can 15 Tests count as being early days? It’s not what it was, because those matches sit alongside 71 one-day internationals – 71 one-day internationals in which he’s been pretty damn good.

Arguments, counter-arguments, assertions, rebuttals, Ravi Bopara and lists of words. Is there meaning in this post or do all these question marks hint at an arse-prangingly prolonged bout of fence-sitting?

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14 Appeals

  1. England found out years ago that you don’t really know about a player until you’ve given them an extended run in the test team. But what constitutes “extended” these days, and when does it become “over-extended”? Morgan has both the skills and the temperament to suggest he should score well in tests. But there’ve been other batsmen who’ve suggested they might score well in tests by scoring well in tests, which makes you wonder whether the extended run is being wasted on Morgan, instead of some other player. But is there any guarantee that this unspecified other player would fare better? I guess that depends on who that player is, and whether or not they’d fare any better than Morgan. But we can’t possibly know that until they’ve been given an extended run in the test team, at Morgan’s expense, which might be a risk, unless they happen to be a much better player than Morgan, in which case we might never know.

    Or, what Sam said.

  2. Ravi would be no better. He’s soft up top… Too late to fly someone else in. Leave him in because as rubbish as he’s been he is one of the few who can play spin well normally.

    What does jousey mean? I’m from Kent and this sounds suspiciously northern.

    • Dictionary.com says:

      “Jousey” – no dictionary results

      Did you mean “Josue?”

      Josue (noun)
      A book in the Old Testament describing how Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan (the Promised Land) after the death of Moses.

    • King Cricket

      February 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      It means spawny.

  3. Why does someone needs to be dropped? Look at India, they went unchanged till they lost all 4. You have to trust your best 11.

  4. Id’ love to see England have the guts to play Prior at 6 and five bowlers with Bressie (who isn’t a test 45 ave batsman, but is a test low 30s batsman) Broad and Swann making up for a batman between them. Of course since the bowlers have done just fine and the batsmen have failed, this a crap solution to the problem in hand.

    It is pretty tough being a specialist number 6, with no immediate prospect of a change apart from maybe going down to 7 behind Prior. It is a bit of a hiding to nothing position, but all the same much though I really want Morgan to be good enough for tests I don’t think he is.

    • I am not sure Broad and Swann can together make a batman.

    • Bressie is injured, isn’t he?

    • I didn’t have the next test in mind- especially as by the time of writing 1/2 of it has already happened, so Bressie’s injury isn’t an issue.

      The fact that it will never happen is perhaps a bigger issue.

  5. Sounds a lot like Andrew Symonds.
    By this I dont mean to imply he goes on drinking binges, skips training sessions to go fishing, ogles his bear-like best mates wife at the dinner table or is in the habit of tackling naked men.
    What I do mean is that you have an excellent cricketer who is a certainty for the one day team, but who may end up playing only a limited role in the test side. This may be due to matters of perception as much as anything else but runs certainly dont hurt when trying to justify your place in the team.

  6. Collingwood could score a f….oh never mind.

  7. England should reverse the order in the next innings – the top six are shocking and the bowlers may as well have a go first up. Though Morgan would still come in at six and be utterly useless.

  8. Cricket is run by posho batsmen types. In their eyes, there is no such thing as a batting failure. The problem is that the bowlers keep failing to bowl the opposition out for less runs than the English batsmen get. Rather than swapping Morgan for Bopara, or giving someone else a go, their natural instinct will be to change the bowling line up.

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