Morgan selected by England for ODI and T20 squads

Congratulations to Middlesex and Ireland left hander Eoin Morgan who has been selected in the final 15 man England squad for the upcoming one-day series against the West Indies and the World Twenty20. The 22 year old Dubliner who played 23 ODIs for Ireland averaging a healthy 35 with the bat now moves into an England side in transition and already preparing for the next World Cup where he may of course end up playing against his old team mates. Morgan is quoted on his county webpage:

“I am both proud and honoured to have been selected to represent England during the forthcoming one day series against the West Indies and in the squad for the Twenty20 World Cup. This is without doubt the highlight of my career thus far and is a goal that I have long been aspiring towards. I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and to representing England on a global stage over the months ahead.”

You cannot begrudge Morgan the chance to earn a decent living using his undoubted talents at the highest level but it leaves a massive gap in Ireland’s batting line up. After slumping to defeat against Worcestershire in Belfast last weekend, Ireland shorn of their county stars look like any other associate side and struggle due to a lack of strength in depth. The position of England wicket keeper has been chopped and changed more than most recently with James Foster of Essex now tried again in the shorter forms of the game. If he fails, a likely squad pick next time could be Niall O’Brien of Northants. Ireland just need to keep plugging away in the associate game, staying at the top to convince the ICC in years to come that Irish cricket can compete at the highest level and prevent the loss of our brightest talents to the Test side across the water.

  • seamus

    Oh how exicting really makes me proud to be irish go eoin zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • fin

    To be fair Dave it wasn’t that bad a defeat, a full overs game they might have beaten them. Bad luck to lose Porterfield at the last minute and he put in a good effort for Glous at short notice.

    It is shocking about Morgan, who’s next Rankin? O’Brien?

  • redhugh78

    Why the constant updates on Irish cricket?
    I’m sure contributors on this site support a wide range of sporting categories from GAA,Soccer,etc but I suspect very few are interested in cricket.

    I have nothing against the game I just think their are more popular sports that people would be more interested in.

  • slug

    Keep the Irish cricket coming.

  • The Spectator

    Dave

    The long overdue return of Bray (our centurion v Zimbabwe) will make some compensation for the loss of Morgan.

    The question is, when is Ed Joyce re-eligible – the bar is 4 years from his last England ODI if memory serves.

    Ireland’s depth may suffer in comparison to the fully-pro counties, but compared with the other Associates, eg Scotland, we’re a veritbale production line.

    But long term we need a plan to become the ‘New Zealand’ to England’s ‘Australia’ – the welterweight side kick – the full member payout for WC qualification alone was £11miliion last time – more than enough to fully fund a fully pro Irieland team for the four year cycle – before ticket receipts, sponsers and tv money more generally even rear their head.

    England visit Belfast again this year, and we visit England for the World T20. Should be fun.

  • The Spectator

    Just checked Ed’s last ODI – April 2007 – so he’ll be available for recall in April 2011 – so he’ll (just) miss the 2011 World Cup.

    Phooey!

  • blinding

    I wish Irish cricket all the best and giving it some exposure here is no harm at all.

  • fin

    unfortunately Spectator Ed seems to be coming out of the long bout of bad form he’s experienced since the World Cup, his first innings for Sussex was blinding, it looks like he may come back on the radar for England, some people have mentioned the number 3 slot.

  • redhugh78

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • What’s the deal – this guy was playing for Ireland and then England select him, so he plays for them. Strange rules apply, it seems, in international cricket. Surely if he plays for one nation, he can’t simply declare for another at, it seems, the drop of a hat.