The England limited-overs captain is a world-class white-ball player who captained the country to ODI World Cup glory in 2019, but why is Eoin Morgan not playing Test cricket?

Eoin Morgan has represented England in the Test arena before.

Why is Eoin Morgan not playing Test cricket?
Eoin Morgan batting for England in a Test match against India in 2011. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

He made his debut in the ultimate format of the game over a decade ago against Bangladesh at Lord’s in May 2010.

The dynamic left-hander batted at no.6 for the hosts and scored 44 in his only knock in the match as England cruised to an eight-wicket victory.

Morgan would go on to make 16 Test appearances by February 2012, registering three fifties and two centuries, with his top score of 130 coming against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

Why is Eoin Morgan not playing Test cricket?

However, truth be told, he never really cracked the five-day game.

He proved to be vulnerable outside his off-stump, with caught behind and caught the two most common modes of dismissal in his brief Test career.

Morgan performed relatively well at home, averaging 36.35 from 18 innings’ but he found things difficult in his only overseas series against Pakistan in the UAE.

The 34-year-old only averaged 13.67 from six innings’ there and was dropped after England fell to a 3-0 defeat.

Eoin Morgan bowled by Abdur Rehman Test
Why is Eoin Morgan not playing Test cricket? (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nine years have passed since he was left out and Morgan has never returned to the England Test team.

In fact, he rarely plays red-ball cricket at all these days.

His most recent first-class outing came for Middlesex against Lancashire in April 2019, a match in which he scored only eight runs across two innings’.

Since then, he’s been focusing on leading England with aplomb in the two white-ball formats and on performing to a high level for various franchise teams in T20 competitions.

In sum, Eoin Morgan is not playing Test cricket for England because his game is much more suited to the shorter formats.

Addressing the situation in 2018, he confessed that he believes he simply wasn’t good enough to succeed in the Test arena.

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