Morgan to enter IPL auction

A year ago, with England's batting order in a state of flux following their Ashes whitewash, Morgan was determined to return to the longer format.

Kevin Pietersen's sacking, Michael Carberry's dropping and Jonathan Trott's stress-related illness created vacancies in the side and Morgan withdrew from the 2014 IPL auction to make his case.

But an indifferent start to the season with Middlesex failed to grab the selectors' attention and Morgan was left to look on as Sam Robson, Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali slotted into the side.

Morgan has taken that as a firm hint he is not currently in contention to add to his 16 caps and will be among a long list of players hoping to earn an IPL deal on February 16.

The tournament clashes with England's Test trip to the Caribbean, but Morgan's hopes of travelling for that had already passed.

"I will be in the IPL auction this year and hopefully I will be picked up," he said on the eve of his side's Tri-Series shootout with India.

"It fits in fine (with England). The Test guys are unavailable for that period because of the Test tour of the West Indies."

The Dubliner's tacit acknowledgement that he no longer fit the bill as a 'Test guy' was telling, and he admitted his hopes of changing that perception had receded.

"I think they have been scaled down a bit, probably since the start of last summer," he said.

"I suppose the opportunity I gave myself in missing the IPL last year was the potential carrot of the end of the road.

"I think it was three positions available at the start of our summer, and I didn't manage to get any of them. So since then it has been scaled down a bit.

"The ambition still is to play Test cricket, absolutely, but given where I'm at the moment, I think the IPL is the best thing for me."

Ravi Bopara and Alex Hales, who are also in Australia as part of the Tri-Series and World Cup squad, have drawn similar conclusions having also put themselves forward for the auction.

Morgan, whose specialist limited-overs skills made him the unanimous choice to replace Alastair Cook as ODI skipper, hopes his involvement in global Twenty20 competitions will help him improve as a leader.

With the short forms of the game evolving at a rapid pace, stints like Morgan's recent Sydney Thunder deal could prove priceless in keeping England at the cutting edge.

"I think it's nice to have one ear to the ground playing Big Bash and potentially IPL," he said.

"Cricket is changing so much at the moment, it's nice to have new fresh ideas. The opportunity not only for myself but for other English cricketers to go and play, I think they should take it with both hands.

"It's a huge opportunity to put yourself under pressure and bridge that gap between our domestic game at home and the international game."

England and India face off at the WACA on Friday morning, duelling for the right to meet Australia in the Tri-Series final 48 hours later.

While both touring sides have played second fiddle to the dominant hosts so far, England were handsome winners over India at the Gabba.

The extra bounce there helped Steven Finn dismantle the Indian batting line-up and although conditions in Perth often offer similar assistance, Morgan is taking nothing for granted.

"You can only read so much into it before the game," he said.

"The huge challenge for us over the next few months is going to be breaking everything down to its simplest form and taking each ball as it comes, playing the situation in front of you and doing all you can to either win that situation or win that ball-by-ball fight.

"Given we'll play at different grounds throughout these next few months, that's going to be crucial."

England are expected to be unchanged for the third game in a row.

  Eoin Morgan will enter this year's IPL auction
Eoin Morgan will enter this year's IPL auction