London, England batsman Eoin Morgan has said he would be swapping the Indian Premier League for county cricket next season in order to cement his place in the Test squad.
Morgan, a key member of England’s one-day team to play South Africa at the Ageas Bowl on Tuesday, has played in three IPL tournaments, which has meant missing championship cricket for his county Middlesex.
His motivation for changing that now is to win back his place in the Test team, his priority, he said, since he first came to England from Ireland at the age of 15, The Telegraph reports.
“If I’m involved in international cricket, it always takes priority, and if I’m within one or two positions of getting my Test place back I’ll probably make the decision myself to come back and play county cricket. If I’m in the framework then things might have to change, definitely,” said Morgan.
Morgan has been signed by Kolkata Knight Riders, though he did not play once for them last season.
The frustrations of sitting on the bench seem to have sparked a change in Morgan’s attitude.
“The IPL has been around now for five years and there is always conflicting schedules no matter which country you play for. If it came about that I was back in the Test team during the IPL I’d be the happiest bloke in the world,” said Morgan.