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Morgan: We'll grow with KP gone
England batsman Eoin Morgan feels that the national team's work ethic will help to fill the void left by Kevin Pietersen's retirement from the one-day sides.
Pietersen retired from One Day Internationals last month, citing the draining nature of the schedule, and had his Twenty20 International career ended as a result.
And his absence has arguably left England lacking a destructive, dominating presence in the middle order in the shorter formats of the game - but Morgan, No. 2 in the T20 Internationals rankings, is hoping to step into the breach.
"I would love to be as good as KP, he's one of the best ever one-day batsmen," Morgan said to the Telegraph. "Kev's a serious cricketer. But while there's a vacancy for that big personality which others fear, we have a massive team ethic that will allow us to grow more than if we had someone smashing 100 off 80 balls or taking six wickets. That's better for us, rather than having people bat around one big player."
Morgan has lost his place in the Test team, however, following a disappointing series against Pakistan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi earlier this year. With Pietersen still active in that format, Morgan faces a real fight to regain a spot - however, he does not regret his decision to play in the IPL instead of piling up the runs in county cricket.
"The fact I was dropped from the squad for the Sri Lanka tour meant I was two places away from getting back into the Test team," Morgan said. "I missed five championship matches while I was at the IPL but if I'd played them it probably wouldn't have made a difference - the England team doesn't change much in a summer.
"The only way I'm getting back in is through weight of runs, and that will take time. If I'd have come back from IPL as player of the tournament it would probably have meant a hell of a lot more."