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Morgan backs Middlesex promotion

Eoin Morgan
Morgan is on tour with the England Lions

Middlesex left-hander Eoin Morgan is convinced the side can win promotion to Division One of the County Championship next season.

The 22-year-old was one of the team's star performers last season with an average of almost 45.

He told BBC London 94.9:"We're going to have quite a young batting line up but we have a lot of talent.

"I believe in the talent and the depth we have in the squad to gain promotion this season."

The Ireland-born batsman, who is currently away with the England Lions, has also welcomed the arrival of former England pace bowler Angus Fraser as director of cricket at Middlesex.

"The arrival of Gus was welcomed with open arms - hopefully he'll put his imprint on Middlesex and I think the county has a bright futur," he said.

Morgan was part of the Ireland team which surprised many at the 2007 Cricket World Cup but qualified to play for England last year.

He played for the England Lions against South Africa last summer scoring an unbeaten 47 and is now part of the squad touring New Zealand, hoping it is a stepping stone to a senior England call up in the future.

Me playing for England Lions proves Ireland produces good cricketers

Eoin Morgan

"England's one-day team is changing a lot at the moment, if you can string some good scores together and have a good season next season you can't be far away," he said.

"I have no qualms to play for England - it's been a real aspiration since I was able to pick up a bat."

Despite the Lions call-up, Morgan has not forgotten his roots and is grateful for the role Irish cricket has played in his development.

"Playing for Ireland was fantastic and I will forever be indebted to Irish cricket for the coaching has gone into me," Morgan said.

"They're happy for me to be where I am. Me playing for England Lions proves Ireland produces good cricketers."



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