ROAD BACK IS LONG AND HARD FOR AXED MOR­GAN

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ANDY FLOWER has warned Eoin Mor­gan there will be no easy re­turn to Eng­land’s Test side af­ter be­ing dropped for next month’s trip to Sri Lanka.

The Dublin-born bats­man paid the price for a dis­ap­point­ing tour of the United Arab Emi­rates, where he strug­gled for runs across all three for­mats against Pak­istan.

“He’s had a tough tour of the UAE, we’ve been here for two months and it’s been hard work for him,” said team di­rec­tor Flower.

“He has got some work to do, I think, on his Test game and that’s go­ing to be quite dif­fi­cult for him con­sid­er­ing his next cricket is go­ing to be IPL cricket.”

In 24 in­nings in Test matches Mor­gan av­er­ages just 30.43.

Flower added: “When he comes back he’ll have limited ex­po­sure to op­por­tu­ni­ties to get four-day cricket un­der his belt, so he has got to go away and give some se­ri­ous thought to his method in Test cricket. He has been se­verely tested out there by the Pak­istan spin­ners, as have all our bats­men.

“But I still think he has a very ex­cit­ing fu­ture in Test cricket. He’s only 25 years old and he’s a very tal­ented player, a very con­fi­dent player and a very dan­ger­ous player.

“If he can get his game in or­der, then he will ful­fil his ca­reer.”

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