London: England batsman Eoin Morgan has four Tests against Pakistan to book his place for the Ashes series.
Morgan, 23, has the chance to build on his two Test experience till date at Trent Bridge tomorrow and prove that he deserves to play at the Gabba against Australia on November 25.
"As a kid I watched the Ashes whenever they were on. Cricket was huge in our house - the No1 sport. My mates didn`t have much interest though. It was all Gaelic football for them. But Test cricket was my dream - it was every aspiration I had growing up," he said.
"Now I`m there, it would be nice to get some runs under my belt sooner rather than later. I`ll keep my head down and hopefully I`ll get some. I`d be a fool to think about the Ashes having only played two Tests," The Sun quoted Morgan, as saying.
"Yes, it is a huge incentive. As an England cricketer it would be the pinnacle of your career. But all this series against Pakistan is to me is a really good chance to go out and bat in a Test match - I`m not looking beyond that," he added.
With Ian Bell out of the Pakistan Tests, but likely to return for the winter, some analysts believe Morgan to be a in direct contest with Jonathan Trott for a place in the top six.
Morgan said: "Making my debut at Lord`s was a dream. In Test cricket you can be a slow starter - that didn`t bother me. I wanted to kick on both there and at Old Trafford, but it wasn`t to be."
"But I don`t dwell on it. It`s just a matter of going out and playing my natural game. I think those other shots that people talk about come from having good basics - and when I use them will always depend on the situation of the game," he added.