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

Morgan named captain for Ireland match

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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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  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY davidallan 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.

  • POSTED BY voma 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 .

  • POSTED BY DazTaylor 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.

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek 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.

  • POSTED BY jrobb 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

  • POSTED BY landl47 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.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 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

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY davidallan 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.

  • POSTED BY voma 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 .

  • POSTED BY DazTaylor 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.

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek 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.

  • POSTED BY jrobb 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

  • POSTED BY landl47 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.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 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

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 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.

  • POSTED BY TheKingofSpain on | August 21, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Come on guys. Let's not be so negative. I'd be amazed if I found out that they hadn't consulted with Morgan before asking him to do this. As our test team is so settled and they wouldn't get much of look in, these young guys have now got a great opportunity to show what they can do in front of a larger audience than an England Lions' game (presuming it is being shown on Sky). I'm looking forward to seeing it - Ireland always raise their game to play England and I hope this is no different. Would be great to see a few English ODI players that can clear the boundary for once!

  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | August 21, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Good to see young players being given a go but why J.Vince n J.Butler are not selected for Eng Lions is a mystery.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    As much as i like these new guys going into the England side, I hope Ireland thump them, just to make a statement, they deserve to be a test nation and the sooner the better, don't want them losing more quality players to England.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    @Kashmiri, Hales had no impact against sri lanka A and didnt impress at all thats why he didnt get picked. My XI would be Kieswetter (wk), Taylor, Trott, Morgan, Stokes, Bairstow, Patel, Woakes, Finn, Onions, Dernbach. I left out Bopara, because the point of this match is to test some new players and give them some exp, ravi is good enough to be in the XI but he has had ample chances in the past and its time to check out some other batsman. Taylor, stokes and Bairstow have looked really good this season for both their counties and England A

  • POSTED BY aracer on | August 20, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    LOL at anuradha_d - though I wonder how many on here will get that one. Curious to leave Cook out when he's so new to the job, but then he probably needs the rest. Don't really see what's wrong with the squad selection otherwise - the young players have to be brought into the senior squad at some point, and they really ought to be good enough to beat Ireland. Lots of hungry young guns eager to perform - they'll probably actually have more energy than with players who've played a lot of cricket and not taking this fixture that seriously.

  • POSTED BY ygkd on | August 20, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Why don't the ECB just pick Joyce, Porterfield, Rankin and the OBriens too? Time to finish these farcical arrangements forever and give Ireland a proper go. With a full team the Shamrocks would do better.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    This is disrespectful! You would think England would treat them with more respect after the world cup embarrassment and the captain Morgan? What the hell!!

  • POSTED BY Cric_info_pak on | August 20, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    i hope irish play better then india

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Dont u think its a bit harsh on Ireland caz they gonna be playing against three countries at the same time South Africa India and Pakistan(English Cricket team from last ten years)

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Looks like England dont want to risk their tired players losing so they send over a Lions team, that way if they lose they can save face and claim it was only an A team.

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | August 20, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    @Jagat Aulakh - that was funny like 2-3 years ago. You must have been stuck in a time warp.

  • POSTED BY Clive_Dunn on | August 20, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    I wonder if Ireland are more test ready than the current Indian team ? Anyway, it's a very exciting young team England have sent over, but it is more of a Lions squad than a full blown England XI. Still, I hope Taylor, Stokes and Bairstow can make an impression - all 3 will be test match players sooner rather than later.

  • POSTED BY Stos on | August 20, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    This is an absolutely brilliant decision from the ECB, and shows that they are settling down well into the position of No. 1 cricket side. I'm not sure how good a captain they are, but really there's nobody more suitable than Morgan to captain the side against Ireland, just because of how amusing it is.

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | August 20, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    These one off matches versus Ireland are a bit of waste of time for both sides and the timing of it is really poor as the annual fixture normally comes immediately at the end of the premier English summer test series. Better for England or other full member nations to play a proper three match series against the Irish. This in turn would speed the process of them becoming a test nation and stop all their best players being forced to play for England.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Irish or South African - is this really an 'England' team? Pathetic!!!

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | August 20, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Comments are hilarious as always. Stirling plays week in week out against these guys and does OK there, he's actually quite mediocre for Middlesex, ups his game for Ireland sure, he's got talent, but Porterfield is the strongest Irish batsman (bar Morgan), real class who could probably cut it at test level. Stirling is a biffer.

  • POSTED BY porter54 on | August 20, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    The poms are showing them no respect, they are going to get rolled again by the mighty Irish! You would think that being shown up in the World Cup would make them treat this game more seriously for the bragging rights but obviously not, you only have to look at how far the Irish pushed Australia in the RSA challenge match last year to see how good they are. Pulling their good players out would only spur Ireland to beat them more and I'll be there to celebrate when they do. Go Ireland!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | August 20, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    I have no problem against them picking some youngsters, but not to send Cook and Broad over is a bit iffy in my eyes. Both still need to gain captaincy experience, and either one of them should be going over to get another vital match in. Wouldn't be surprised to see the Irish winning this one against an inexperienced side, but at the same time it's exciting to see the likes of Stokes and Taylor guaranteed a game. And Rakibul - England won that series. Not quite sure what you're getting at there. Also, would an Irish win really be all that bad? The ICC might finally start to take them seriously if they can prove they can knock over a test playing nation outside of the World Cup.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    So its Irish Vs Irish... Is that a domestic match then??

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | August 20, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Well I like Morgan but I hope he loses this match. Quite an insult by the ECB, puts Morgan in an awkward spot. Morgan should maybe refuse to play games against Ireland or something but its a bit hard when you dont have a spot nailed down.

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | August 20, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Morgan is already Vice Captain behind Cook anyway and was made it at the same time the 3 captains were announced for England, what do some people think England should do, not make him Captain because he's playing against Ireland, would be rather petty and unprofessional. It's good to see some people disrespecting England just because they're resting players because they've just played a 4 Tests, though most people thought the team should comprise of the up and coming players. Why shouldn't England rest players, everyone saw what happened after after The Ashes and during the WC, where players were dropping like flies. The good thing is this England team play against the Ireland players each week in county cricket and will know them well and lets get this right because all of a sudden Ireland have become the most overrated team in the world, they lost to Scotland the other day and have lost 14 out of 17 games recently. Apart from all that the England team looks really strong.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Why Hales not in The Team,,Why They did nt pick Ajmal and Adil Rasheed? James Taylor should have been captain.Hales should be given chance in England Team,,or The selectors waiting for him to turn 25 lol

  • POSTED BY anuradha_d on | August 20, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    ECB is imposing Morgan to the TEBBIT test

  • POSTED BY Praxis on | August 20, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    A little weird, captaining against your country you so happily abandoned...

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    First you recruit their best cricketers and then turn them on against them. Imagine if India recruits a couple of good pakistani bowlers and plays them in Lahore....

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    This is so good of england to do this, it gives some youngsters like Taylor, Stokes and Bairstow a very well deserved England cap to their name. Will be interesting to see the batting order. I feel england selectors are really starting to make good decisions. The team looks much better with Wright and Yardy not in it.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Finn92 - My first thoughts exactly. Joke.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Hmmm @nicolas Mayo you only picked 10 players... My guess is that they will omit Woakes... unless it looks like a seamers wicket, then they will leave out Borthwick. Stokes has to play (even tho he is not bowling). Openers... Maybe Bairstow/Kieswetter rather than Bopara/Kieswetter, unless they want some real brutality up top (Stokes/Kieswetter anyone?).

    @ColmMooney I think that it is far more friendly than that.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | August 20, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    R ECB kidding??? I won't b amazed if Irish win convincingly against this young English side. England also had taken Bangla lightly last summer & paid the price with full power side. This Irish side have a good capability to reply Morgan's team(?) ...

  • POSTED BY CarnivalOfSorts on | August 20, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Ireland hammer England around in the World Cup, and then send this team over to compete? Looking forward to a nice big Paul Stirling rampage, might teach he English some respect.

  • POSTED BY niyasindian on | August 20, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    ireland wil win the match

  • POSTED BY niyasindian on | August 20, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    ireland is a strong side, it s better icc to giv dem test status, otherwise dey wil face the fate of kenya

  • POSTED BY Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on | August 20, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    captaining against your own country? thank god you're not a soldier

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Not sure who they will chose to open and the batter order of the bowlers but this is probably the team I would chose from the squad

    Kieswetter (W) Bopara Trott Morgan (C) Taylor Bairstow Woakes Borthwick Onions Finn Dernbach

  • POSTED BY Finn92 on | August 20, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Wonder what James Harris has to do to get a look in?

  • POSTED BY Allblkevrythng on | August 20, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    I really love what england is doing here, it just shows the immense amount of talent available for the future

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Morgan the Captain against Ireland?, nice to see the ECB with a kick in the teeth to Cricket Ireland...

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  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Morgan the Captain against Ireland?, nice to see the ECB with a kick in the teeth to Cricket Ireland...

  • POSTED BY Allblkevrythng on | August 20, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    I really love what england is doing here, it just shows the immense amount of talent available for the future

  • POSTED BY Finn92 on | August 20, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Wonder what James Harris has to do to get a look in?

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Not sure who they will chose to open and the batter order of the bowlers but this is probably the team I would chose from the squad

    Kieswetter (W) Bopara Trott Morgan (C) Taylor Bairstow Woakes Borthwick Onions Finn Dernbach

  • POSTED BY Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on | August 20, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    captaining against your own country? thank god you're not a soldier

  • POSTED BY niyasindian on | August 20, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    ireland is a strong side, it s better icc to giv dem test status, otherwise dey wil face the fate of kenya

  • POSTED BY niyasindian on | August 20, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    ireland wil win the match

  • POSTED BY CarnivalOfSorts on | August 20, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Ireland hammer England around in the World Cup, and then send this team over to compete? Looking forward to a nice big Paul Stirling rampage, might teach he English some respect.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | August 20, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    R ECB kidding??? I won't b amazed if Irish win convincingly against this young English side. England also had taken Bangla lightly last summer & paid the price with full power side. This Irish side have a good capability to reply Morgan's team(?) ...

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Hmmm @nicolas Mayo you only picked 10 players... My guess is that they will omit Woakes... unless it looks like a seamers wicket, then they will leave out Borthwick. Stokes has to play (even tho he is not bowling). Openers... Maybe Bairstow/Kieswetter rather than Bopara/Kieswetter, unless they want some real brutality up top (Stokes/Kieswetter anyone?).

    @ColmMooney I think that it is far more friendly than that.