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.