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Morgan’s inclusion is the correct one if England are to beat Sri Lanka

| 25.05.2011

Jonathan Agnew believes Eoin Morgan’s inclusion in England’s side for the first Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday is the key to England winning.

Much was made of the battle between Morgan and Ravi Bopara to replace Paul Collingwood and Morgan’s 193 against Sri Lanka in their tour match with the England Lions swung the selectors.

England are currently 10/11 to beat Sri Lanka in the first Test which starts in Cardiff on Thursday and their opponents will be without Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga following their retirements from Test cricket.

Which means England will be batting against a novice bowling line-up and Agnew feels Morgan has the right temperament to bat at number six for England.

Having already demonstrated his batting prowess against the opposition, Morgan looks a great bet at 7/1 to be England’s top series runscorer over the three-match Test series with Sri Lanka.

Both sides are stronger with the bat than they are with the ball and there could be plenty of runs in this Test series, and Morgan, despite batting down the order, will play a huge part later on in innings when quick runs need to be scored.

Morgan has shown in the Indian Premier League that he has the ability to score quick runs and he is sure to have a major impact on this Test series.

Sri Lanka’s weakened bowling attack has put the advantage in England’s favour but with both sides capable of posting huge totals, the pick of the first Test betting is the draw at 13/8.

With rain scheduled for Thursday and Sunday in Cardiff we could be in for a stop start five days and it’s hard to look past the first Test ending with honours even.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.