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Fraser: Eoin can win Test spot

England's new selector Angus Fraser says Eoin Morgan has given himself a chance of earning a Test recall by rejecting the chance to play in the Indian Premier League.

Morgan could easily have picked up a lucrative contract in the IPL but instead chose to stay at home and play for Middlesex and try to win back his place in the England Test side.

When England take the field against Sri Lanka in June, it will be a very different team to the one which began the winter's Ashes series, which finished in a 5-0 whitewash.

Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann will definitely be absent, and there are continued doubts about Jonathan Trott.

The likes of Michael Carberry, Joe Root and Matt Prior - after underwhelming Ashes tours - may also be vulnerable, and there is a feeling within county cricket that the door to the England team is as open as it has been in a decade. Of the top six, only Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Ben Stokes look certainties to play the Sri Lankans.

The likes of Moeen Ali, Nick Compton James Vince, James Taylor, Jos Buttler and Middlesex batsman Morgan are all potential candidates to join them.

Morgan has been given the Middlesex captaincy in one-day cricket in 2014 and also the vice-captaincy of the England Twenty20 side and Fraser - his boss at Lord's - says it could be a big year for the Irish left-hander.

Right decision

"I think he's made the right decision in withdrawing from the IPL and coming to play some county cricket this summer. He's given himself an excellent chance of putting himself in the frame," Fraser told Sky Sports News.

"He's a very impressive young man, hence the reason why Middlesex and England have put him in leadership positions."

Fraser revealed Trott will not be returning to cricket in the near future. The Warwickshire batsman pulled out of the Ashes series in Australia after the first Test because of a stress-related illness.

"I heard that he wasn't going to be with Warwickshire on their pre-season tour to Barbados so you would wonder if he would feature at the start," Fraser said. "Everyone wishes him a quick and full recovery from the illnesses that he's got. Everybody's sympathies are with him. It's going to be a challenge that is for sure. "

One thing Fraser is certain about is that Cook is the right man to lead England.

"There's more to captaining your country than just a win-at-all-cost attitude," Fraser said. "We were in an MCC Cricket Committee meeting a few weeks ago and we were talking about the spirit of cricket and nobody embodies that more within the England cricket set-up than Alastair Cook.

"He's a high-quality man and I think there are areas where he knows he needs to improve he will with experience and over time."