Kevin Pietersen’s international exclusion has really created a big question mark on that No.4 batting spot which he dominated during his esteemed period in the England team.
Now that he is gone (has been sent rather) and there doesn't seem to be any hope of his “re-reintegration” in the side, one can only be sanguine to get the best replacement for him.
At the moment, the only one that is anyway near Pietersen and capable of replacing him is Eoin Morgan - a perfect mix of aggressive and defensive cricket. The Middlesex batsman is undoubtedly England’s best ODI player at the moment as he has that capability to guide an inning and in the end blast like a volcano.
Don’t go by his stats at all (700 runs at an avg. of 30.43 with two hundreds in Tests), they often end up letting you conclude with something wrong. The actual reason behind his bad stats and shambolic displays in the longer version is that he hasn't been given many chances and even if he gets any chance, it is after big gaps that he gets one.
Of course, if a player doesn't get to play test match cricket at international level regularly, then he is sure to fail on the occasion he gets the opportunity to do so. Had Morgan been given as many chances as Joe Root, his stats would have been far better than that of the Yorkshireman.
The fact that filling KP’s boots is a big job for Morgan is very well known to us but, at the same time, we can’t neglect the fact either that he has the capability to eventually develop into one of the world’s best test players.
He can turn a match on its head like KP - and we have seen him do so. He has got a very calm temperament because of which he can guide the team ship in difficult situations. Really, there doesn't seem to be any reason why he shouldn't come back into the test squad. The next English summer might witness a rise in Morgan’s test career if the ECB decides to select him.
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