Eoin Morgan's decision to withdraw from the IPL auction this month shows the Middlesex batsman's ambitions to return to Test match cricket.

The left hander, who has two Test centuries from 16 matches to his name, was the first man given the chance to fill the boots of Paul Collingwood after his 2011 retirement.

The Irish-born batsman scored a century in his third Test innings, but was dropped after England's dismal performance against Pakistan in the UAE in 2012.

Considered a scapegoat by many, Morgan decided to pursue lucrative T20 contracts around the world, rather than fight for his place in the Test match middle order.

And who can blame him when the England side was so strong? But, after this winter's dismantling at the hands of Australia, Morgan has decided to put his specialist format on the back burners, and instead look to make championship runs and force himself into the Test XI.

After performing substantially better than most in the ODI series in Oz, Morgan's chances are greater than most, but with the number of untried batsmen waiting in the wings, one failure could be all it takes for his chance to go again.

I believe that Morgan deserves another shot at a middle order slot, and that he should come into the side with another man who doesn't carry the baggage of this winter's mauling, opener Sam Robson.

Robson has performed superbly for Middlesex and now the England Lions over the last 12 months, and is an assured, stylish, run making top order who will have benefited from opening alongside Chris Rogers for his county.

He will also feel the benefit of batting between Alistair Cook and Ian Bell in the batting order, two men who have been there and done it with England.

My England XI for the First Test against Sri Lanka this summer:

Cook (c), Robson, Bell, Root, Morgan, Stokes, Prior, Borthwick, Broad, Anderson, Onions

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