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Morgan a 'punt' for England Irish to honour Maori milestone

CRICKET: England may "take a punt" on Dubliner Eoin Morgan to discover if he is cut out for Test cricket, says Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser.

Morgan has emerged as one of England's most dynamic limited-overs batsmen. But such is the left-hander's current diet of one-day and Twenty20 cricket that concerns have been raised that he may not have sufficient chance to fine-tune his skills in Test cricket.

Asked if Morgan should play more first-class cricket, Fraser said: "Yes, but when's he going to do it? The fixture list doesn't allow him to play a great deal of championship cricket. "It may come down to whether England will be prepared to take a punt on him."

McCann retains lead in Taiwan

cycling: Ninth place on the latest Tour de Taiwan stage has kept Belfast's David McCann in the overall lead.

He finished in the main pack at the end of the 123.4km stage. On paper it looks as though the real threat to McCann's supremacy in the seven-day event will be Takashi Miyazawa, of the Japanese National Team, who made it back-to-back stage wins.

Meanwhile, Sean Lacey of the Edge CC continued his Irish cycling dominance when he notched his third win of the season in the Carraig Cup in Carrick-on-Suir.

Irish to honour Maori milestone

RUGBY: The New Zealand Maori rugby team will play Ireland and England in June to mark the centenary of the selection of the first Maori side.

NZ Maori will play Ireland in Rotorua on June 18 -- the first time the teams have met -- and England in Napier on June 23 after Ireland meet the All Blacks on June 12.

The Maori side can boast of having beaten England, Scotland, Argentina and the British and Irish Lions since the team was first started, selecting from players with indigenous Maori heritage, in 1910.

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