Exclusive: Morgan focuses on Middlesex

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Eoin Morgan has told GiveMeSport his entire focus is on scoring runs for Middlesex and helping his county to a victory after a nightmare start for the Lord’s based outfit.

The England international is a strong favourite to replace Kevin Pietersen in the Test team but the competition is fierce amongst the county players to replace the country’s all-time leading run scorer.

The middle-order batsman withdrew his application to the IPL earlier this year to focus on scoring runs for Middlesex ahead of a hectic summer of international cricket with Sri Lanka and India touring England in 2014.

Morgan’s start to the red ball summer actually begun in the worst possible fashion after being removed for a golden duck against Sussex. He then followed it up with two runs in his second innings as his county lost by an innings and 127 runs at Hove.

Speaking after a practice session at Lord’s, Morgan seemed in great spirits ahead of Sunday’s next County Championship Division One match against Nottinghamshire and he exclusively told GiveMeSport they know where they need to improve.

“It was a pretty difficult match and we were behind the pace at Hove for the whole game. Sussex played well, put us under pressure and did the basics really well.

“Looking forward to Sunday’s game we have to correct those basics that we have worked really hard in the winter, the coaches have put in a lot of time and it’s a matter of the players getting together and nailing their strengths.

“Concentrating on more what we do rather than what Notts do so we can get a win or if not a draw this week.”

The 27-year-old didn’t have much time to prepare for the county season after England were knocked out of the ICC World T20 he flew home last Monday and as he explains, that does possess its own challenges.

“The only difficulty is the ball nipping around and swings fairly consistently the whole innings so it is quite a bit difference. You go from playing the ball pretty early to playing it late which can prove quite difficult, I have done it in the past and come straight back in.

“I got off the plane Monday and then trained the rest of the week before playing Sunday but its more the mind set you have to get right.

“This is just the challenges of being a modern day cricketer, if you want to play all three forms you have to adapt. It is great fun and a challenge but it can be hard work at times.”

With the nation waiting to find out the make-up of the England set-up which includes a new head coach, Morgan says being involved in county cricket is exciting.

“I’m working in the nets and for me all I care about is looking to get a score to contribute to a Middlesex win. Hopefully the guys will all pull together and get a performance this week.

“Everybody is in the hunt which is great, it puts a lot of excitement into county cricket which is great to see. You can even feel it while you’re playing in the games.

“The standard of cricketers is quite high at the moment so we will just see after the first six weeks of the season who is a front runner and who is not.”

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