Sunday, March 13, 2011

England's Star Batsman Eoin Morgan

About Eoin Morgan

Full name Eoin Morgan

Born September 10, 1986, Dublin

Current age 24 years 133 days

Major teams England, Ireland, Bangalore Royal Challengers, England A, Ireland A, Ireland Under-19s, Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI, Sir Paul Getty's XI

Nickname Moggie

Playing role Middle-order batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper

Height 5 ft 9 in

Education Catholic University School

Eoin Morgan Profile

Eoin Morgan is an Irish-born Englishman with a reputation for inventive and audacious strokeplay. At the age of 23, he shot to prominence on the back of two match-winning innings against South Africa. First was a 34-ball 67 in the Champions Trophy in September 2009 which he followed two months later with an unbeaten 45-ball 85 in the opening Twenty20 of England's tour of South Africa. His bold approach and crisp hitting was reminiscent of the arrival of another English import, Kevin Pietersen, in 2005. With a blend of nous and power, Morgan looks a natural 'finisher' - a role England have struggled to fill for a decade.

A compact left-hander, Morgan grew up playing hurling and with his change-up sweeps and pulls, he has clearly taken aspects of the Irish sport into his cricket. He gained initial recognition with Ireland, averaging 52.20 in the World Cricket League, including his first ODI century, a sublime 115 from 106 balls against Canada. In the 2007 World Cup, as his team-mates impressed, Morgan disappointed with 91 runs from nine games. He joined his fellow Anglo-Irishman, Ed Joyce, at Middlesex in 2006, where he helped them to the Twenty20 Cup in 2008 and caught the eye of the England selectors.

His growing stature was confirmed when he was the only England player to be awarded a new contract at the auction for the third season of the IPL in January 2010. He was signed for $220,000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he joined England team-mate Kevin Pietersen. With much expected he failed to make an impression and was soon left on the substitutes bench. However, he returned to his best for England in the World Twenty20 that followed, as his powerful shot-making and coolness under pressure helped him to 183 runs and England to their first ever triumph in global limited-overs events.

It was enough to prove he had the mettle to take his game a step higher and despite a modest first-class record he was rewarded with a surprise call-up to the Test side for England's first Test of the 2010 summer, against Bangladesh. Walking out to bat at 258 for 4, he could not have asked for a gentler introduction and showed enough confidence to pick up his first Test boundary with a reverse-sweep.

Fast Facts

* Eoin Morgan is the only player in history to score an ODI hundred for two nations.
* He is the first ODI player to score 99 on debut, being run out against Scotland while representing Ireland.
* He finished the U-19 World Cup in 2005 as the series' second highest scorer.
* In 2009 his knock of 85* against South Africa set the record for the highest individual score by an Englishman in a T20 international.
* With a 183 runs in 7 innings, he was England's 3rd highest scorer in their 2010 T20 World Cup win.

Eoin Morgan Batting, Fielding and Bowling
The above stats are as per date of this post.

Eoin Morgan Career





Eoin Morgan Test Matches

England Vs Bangladesh at Lord's, London - May 27, 2010
Last played:
England Vs Pakistan at Lord's, London - Aug 26, 2010

Eoin Morgan ODI Matches

Ireland Vs Scotland at Cambusdoon New Ground, Ayrshire - Aug 05, 2006
Last played:
England Vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Jan 16, 2011

Eoin Morgan T20 Matches

England Vs Netherlands at Lord's, London - Jun 05, 2009
Last played:
England Vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Jan 14, 2011

Eoin Morgan IPL Matches

Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, Kolkata - Mar 14, 2010
Last played:
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Delhi Daredevils at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru (Bangalore) - Mar 25, 2010.

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