Ireland v England, Only ODI, Dublin August 20, 2011

Morgan named captain for Ireland match

ESPNcricinfo staff

Eoin Morgan will captain England for the first time in career when he faces his former countrymen, Ireland, in a one-off ODI in Dublin next week.

Morgan, who did not play in England's sensational World Cup defeat against Ireland in Bangalore due to injury, will lead a new-look 13-man squad including several up-and-coming members of the England Lions, after the selectors decided to rest a number of its senior players ahead of the five-match ODI series against India later this month,

Leicestershire's James Taylor, Yorkshire's Jonathan Bairstow and Durham's Ben Stokes and Scott Borthwick all recently featured in the England Lions' ODI series win over Sri Lanka A. None of them has yet been selected in a senior international, but with Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, James Anderson and Stuart Broad among the key absentees, a draft of debutants can be expected in the fixture.

"The squad we're looking to take to Ireland involves a number of exciting young England players as we rest several players currently involved in the npower Test series against India," said the national selector, Geoff Miller.

"By resting several players that have played international cricket since the start of the summer the opportunity has arisen for a number of talented up and coming players to continue their development on the international stage. We know from previous encounters that Ireland are a tough ODI outfit and we'll be fielding a very strong England side that will need to play well.

"We're also presented with the opportunity to provide Eoin Morgan with further leadership experience and I know he is very much looking forward to assuming the captaincy and developing his leadership credentials while in charge of a young England squad."

One senior player who will making the trip is Jonathan Trott, who has recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained during the second Test at Trent Bridge, and is expected to be fit to play. His replacement in the third and fourth Tests, Ravi Bopara, also makes the trip, as do Steven Finn and Graham Onions, the two unused fast bowlers from the Oval Test squad.

Last week it was confirmed that Andy Flower, the team director, would also be missing the trip to Ireland. He will link up with the squad ahead of the Twenty20 international against India on August 31. In his absence, England's assistant coach Richard Halsall will take charge.

Morgan, who is England's official Twenty20 vice-captain, becomes the fourth England captain of the 2011 summer, following on from the Test skipper Andrew Strauss, the regular ODI captain Cook, and Stuart Broad, the Twenty20 captain.

It promises to be a tough baptism against an Ireland side who came uncomfortably close to winning their last bilateral fixture against England, at Belfast in 2009. That match, which took place in the immediate aftermath of the Ashes victory at The Oval, finished with England sneaking over the line by three runs, only after Morgan, fielding as a substitute at long-on, parried a Trent Johnston six back into play with one ball of the match remaining.

Squad Eoin Morgan (capt), Jonathan Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Scott Borthwick, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Graham Onions, Samit Patel, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes

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  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    jrobb - sympathise with your feelings but this is a tender subject for Irish people. There are few sports where Ireland play the island of Ireland (rugby, boxing, hockey & cricket) and THE most wonderful thing for me as a Southern Irishman is the the Northern led Irish cricket majority to the cricket team being embraced by the entirety of the island. This supports more than sport and has an impact on things far deeper than we realise. Given NI political relationship with "England and Wales CCB" I embrace that too - Morgan has as much right and duty in my eyes as Porterfield has should he be picked for "England and Wales". I would far prefer that Porterfield led an Irish test team against Zim and Bangladesh but thats not possible today. And btw Ireland have good results against more than England and will do so again - if the interest that England are showing in Stirling, Dockrell and Rankin are indication. But if you want to cut us off to play tests on our own then YES PLEASE

  • Dummy4 on August 22, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Would have liked to have seen Hales in the squad rather than the South African Trott or the Irish Morgan!

  • David on August 22, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    @Jonesy2 Don't worry about future of england,the future of england is in SOUTH AFRICA as far as they got the quota system you can have future player in ENGLAND team and also untill IRELAND won't play test cricket you can have from there as we like MORGAN(don't know how the english people are tolrate MORGAN an irish in England team),so next player in ENGLAND team is going to be KAVIN O'BRIAN.And your comments about Trot are not with the stats he is a fine player.

  • joel on August 21, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    I say bring in the new players against India , give them all a decent run in the team . Also give players like Bell and Pieterson a rest , they have both been brilliant this summer . But rest them , and give youth a chance .

  • Darren on August 21, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    @Jonesy2 As usual, thank you for humouring me :-) Trott averages over 52 in ODIs with a SR of 78. That is why he is in there. And it is a joke is it? Well, name me the country that first picked Kepler Wessels? Dirk Nannes played for Holland first. Andrew Symonds is a Pom. Most of your rugby team are not Aussies. What a surprise you didn't mention any of that.

  • Dimuthu on August 21, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    erm.. jonesy2, have you even bothered looking at Trott's ODI stats? Avg 52.44, 3 hundreds and 12 fifties. At the World Cup he scored 67,16,92,62,52,86, and 47! Do you even know anything about cricket? Why don't you go back to your corner and cry about the state of your country's cricket. Oh, and no, and I'm not an Englishman or England fan. @jrobb - u do have a fair point but he's the same as any migrant worker. what i would have an issue with is if the Irish players are allowed to represent Ireland again after representing England. I feel sorry for the Irish fans for series like this as they want to see the best players in the opposition, Ireland should win this match.

  • jakwe on August 21, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    As an Englishman I find it disgusting Morgan is even in the team never mind captaining it. I might accept it if he was from Northern Ireland but not the south. Play for England and you must be born in England simple as that, no KP Trott etc As for all the Irish test status, gimme a break you fluked a game against us in the WC

  • John on August 21, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    As usual, jonesy2 chips in to give us all a laugh. Jonesy, in case you haven't noticed, the oldest player in the England test side is 34 and 7 of them are in their 20s. These players are the future, but not the short-term future- unlike Australia, which needs good young players NOW, but unfortunately hasn't got any. I'm glad to see the younger players being given some experience against a good-class Irish side. I hope Ireland plays well and tests them.

  • Bryn on August 21, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    if this is the future of english cricket then their stay at the top will be very short-lived haha and trott in an ODI team haha that is funny as

  • Bryn on August 21, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    howcome england are putting in this side? they cant beat ireland with their best players. whats more an irishman captaining england against ireland, only england could make this happen, god they are a joke.

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