Proud moment for Morgan
Eoin Morgan is justifiably proud of himself having scored a maiden Test century in what was just his third attempt for England.
Last Updated: 29/07/10 9:41pm
Eoin Morgan is justifiably proud of himself having scored a maiden Test century in what was just his third attempt for England against Pakistan on Thursday.
The 23-year-old Irishman reached stumps on 125 after sharing a much-needed unbroken double-century stand with Paul Collingwood, who in turn made 81.
With the hosts having earlier slumped to 118 for four, Morgan and Collingwood's partnership spurred them on to 331 for four at the close on day one.
Morgan began cautiously but rarely looked in any trouble. He did edge short of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal on five and also had an lbw escape to Danish Kaneria via the decision review system on 78.
However, he went on to reach his century in style with a straight six off Shoaib Malik - in the process perhaps also helping to dispel remaining doubts over whether he warrants a place in the five-day game.
"It's extremely satisfying, to score a Test match hundred in only my third game," Morgan said. "It's a great achievement, and I'm very proud of myself.
"The feeling of getting to three figures was fantastic.
"It was a huge moment in my career."
Morgan had not planned to go to his hundred with a six - but was delighted to accept the invitation to do so.
"I was glad when he lobbed it up," he said.
"I wasn't even in that frame of mind, because they'd brought the field up - and I wasn't expecting him to dart it in.
"But when he threw it up I freed my hands and threw everything at it."
Morgan and Collingwood had both worked hard during the afternoon to take the fight to a Pakistan attack in which teenager Mohammad Aamer (three for 39) once more played a starring role.
"The major fact of my innings was I allowed myself to get in, in difficult circumstances," Morgan said.
"Paul and I set up a great platform for ourselves, getting past that swing - and then took advantage when the wicket went flat and the ball a bit soft."
Morgan also said he never doubted his ability to make the crossover from Twenty20 and 50-over cricket.
"I don't think I have any doubt about my talent. I'm quite a confident player, and a guy who likes expressing himself," he added.