England drop Morgan from Sri Lanka squad


England dropped Eoin Morgan from their Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka following the former Ireland batsman’s dismal series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Middlesex left-hander Morgan averaged just 13.66 against Pakistan as England were whitewashed 3-0 in their first series since climbing to the top of the world Test rankings.
His omission has given a chance to spin bowling all-rounder Samit Patel, uncapped at Test level, who will compete alongside Ravi Bopara, a batsman and seam bowler, for a place in England’s middle order.
But England coach Andy Flower insisted Morgan could recover from this setback.
“He has been severely tested out there (UAE) by the Pakistan spinners as have all our batsmen.
England Test squad
Andrew Strauss (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Steven Davies (wkt), Steven Finn, Monty Panesar, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior (wkt), Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott
March 15-17 v Sri Lanka Board XI, Colombo
March 20-22 v Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI, Colombo
March 26-30 v SRI LANKA 1ST TEST, Galle
April 03-07 v SRI LANKA 2ND TEST, Colombo