• World Twenty20 2012

Morgan thriving off pressure

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Eoin Morgan has warned captain Stuart Broad not to bump him up the order when England take on hosts Sri Lanka in their final World T20 Super Eights clash on Monday.

Morgan's return to form has kept England's hopes of defending their title alive, with the hosts standing between England and a place in the semi-finals.

After his stunning unbeaten 71 from 36 balls proved to be in vain against West Indies, Morgan was moved up to fourth ahead of Jonny Bairstow in the batting order, but Morgan, who at 26 is one of the senior members of the side, believes his skills are best placed in the middle of the order.

"I think the role that I play within the side has changed over the last six to 12 months," Morgan said. "The responsibility on my shoulders is one that I enjoy. I relish batting in the middle order and towards the end of the innings, and nurturing guys along and getting us over the line. It's a role I enjoy a hell of a lot.

"My skills as a middle-order batter - and the stats back it up - the success I've had all guide towards batting from six to 20 overs. When I get in early in those six overs, I don't seem to do well.

"Having looked at my strengths within the side - when we do well, and I do well - everything seems to point to me batting in the middle order, seeing things through and enjoying the responsibility and playing the situations.

"It's a role I've thrived on. It's worked really well, and we'll stick with it. For some random reason, I like it. I think it's built on the experience I've had in the past. What I know best is doing that."

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