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08-Mar-2011 06:54:00 GMT
ICC World Cup, 2011

ICC Approves Morgan as Pietersen Replacement for England

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council has approved Eoin Morgan as a replacement player for the injured Kevin Pietersen in the England squad.

Morgan, a 24-year-old middle-order batsman, has played 38 ODIs for England, scoring 1,160 runs at an average of 40.

Pietersen, the 14th player to be replaced in the tournament, has a hernia injury. The 30-year-old will undergo an operation which he had hoped to postpone until after the World Cup.

Former Ireland batsman Morgan would have been in England's original squad but for a finger injury.

"Eoin Morgan is an exciting cricketer," England coach Andy Flower told Sky Sports. "It's going to be good to have him back."

Ravi Bopara, Morgan's replacement, made a man-of-the-match winning 60 against South Africa in Chennai.

But both Morgan and Bopara are naturally middle-order batsmen, which leaves Flower needing a new opening partner for England captain Andrew Strauss.

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