Ashes: Eoin Morgan plans to be in Australia this winter - even if he's not in England's squad
Eoin Morgan is out to impress when he leads the England Lions after struggling for form and fitness so far this summer.
Last Updated: 14/08/13 6:47pm
Batsman Morgan has endured a tough summer so far, a lean time of it in the ICC Champions Trophy being compounded by a finger injury that subsequently sidelined him for over a month.
However, the left-hander is hoping to finish the summer with a flourish, starting with the chance to impress against the tourists in a game arranged following Northamptonshire's progress in the Friends Life t20 competition.
"It's obviously a privilege to captain the Lions and nice to be back in the fold in red-ball cricket," the Irishman told Sky Sports Ashes HD ahead of Middlesex's Yorkshire Bank 40 contest against Glamorgan.
"To play against the Australians and potentially make a score for myself will do me a lot of good.
"I haven't particularly played a lot of cricket this summer so far. We had a very successful ICC Champions Trophy in which I didn't really shine quite a lot, which was disappointing.
"I looked to turn it around from there but got injured towards the end of it (the Champions Trophy) which left me out for about five or six weeks.
"I'm looking to play as much cricket as possible between now and the end of the summer to put my name in the hat."
Morgan will get to see plenty more of Australia before the end of the season, as he is expected to be part of England's squads for not only the two Twenty20 fixtures but also the five-match one-day series that follows.
Whether he is a member of the party that defends the Ashes this winter remains to be seen, though the 26-year-old - who made the last of his 16 Test appearances against Pakistan at the start of 2012 - intends to be Down Under no matter what.
"I'm quite a while away," he admitted when asked about a possible recall in the longest form of the game.
"I think the game this week, if I scored some runs it would help, and any games towards the end of the season as well.
"I will be forming my winter around a trip to Australia, whether it is with or without the England team. I will try to get down there and test my skills in certain conditions and hopefully score some runs."