Eoin Morgan’s axing from the England Test squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka could herald the end of his five-day career.
And it isn’t just his tortured performances in the recent series with Pakistan that could have constituted the nail in his coffin.
Morgan has an Indian Premier League contract with Kolkata which will start on April 4 and finish a few weeks later on May 27.
That would mean the earliest he could start the English domestic season for Middlesex would be on May 30 when Sussex visit Lord’s.
And that would be one of two first-class matches in which to push for a Test recall.
I may be cut from a very different cloth but there would only appear to be one logical choice.
Abandon plans to play in India and put all your energies into showing your pedigree in the first division of the County Championship.
Being dropped doesn’t always signal the end and Morgan, at 25 years old, has time on his side.
But – a big but – he has previous.
This time last year, when there was a berth in the middle order, Morgan opted to play in the IPL at the expense of forcing his hand in the Championship.
It made no difference as an innings of 193 for England Lions against Sri Lanka proved to be enough to, rather fortuitously it now seems, convince the England hierarchy.
That was then and this is now.
Morgan was picked for his ice-cold temperament and not his, relatively speaking, modest first-class record.
But however calm you remain, you need the ability to back it up and the more he bats, the more it is obvious that Morgan doesn’t have the game of his peers.
So the choice becomes ever starker. Chase the dollar or chase the England spot.
The IPL equals money and little else. If he takes the cash, he could well have made his choice.