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Ireland vs England

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Eoin Morgan ready to lead much-changed England against Ireland

Eoin Morgan: Big game in Dublin for former Ireland star

Eoin Morgan has rejected claims that England have let down Ireland by taking a weakened squad to Dublin for their showpiece one-day international on Tuesday.

England rest a number of key players, including Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and James Anderson, for the 10,000 sell-out at Ireland's new home in Malahide - a game that's live on Sky Sports 2HD at 10am.

Steven Finn is the only member of the squad who featured in the Ashes victory but Morgan and Boyd Rankin, both former Ireland internationals, will be involved and Morgan feels it is unfair to say that English cricket does not support the game in Ireland.

He said: "Having played against England in an Ireland shirt I didn't feel that way at all, and having come back here and played Ireland a couple of years ago, I didn't get that feeling.

"I have been involved in the England set-up since I was very young. Even when I was still playing for Ireland I was playing for the south of England under-17s, under-19s, the Middlesex Academy and, from there, the Lions.

"They have always been helpful to me. I know Boyd feels the same way."

England's new-look squad includes potential debutants Chris Jordan and Jamie Overton, and Ireland captain William Porterfield feels too much has been made about their supposed lack of strength.

No problem

Porterfield said: "To be honest I don't really see where it comes from. They have picked a squad to play to play ourselves and Australia and that is it as far as I am concerned.

"They are putting out as strong a team as they want to put out. They are looking forward to (World Cup) 2015, that is the next big stage for everyone.

"They have picked a squad to play to play ourselves and Australia and that is it as far as I am concerned."

William Porterfield

"If you look through their side, there are some pretty exciting young players in there. "If you look at the performances of all those lads, especially in county cricket, they have all got a future in the game.

"I'm guessing they'll be pretty nervous as well. For a lot of them it's their first outing in international cricket. As exciting and promising as they are, there will be a few nerves floating around there as well."

Morgan is keen to impress to further his claims of a return to the Test squad ahead of the return Ashes series in Australia from November.

He concluded: "There is no doubt I want to continue to try to break back into the Test team. It is just weight of runs and lack of form that has led me to where I am, being dropped.

"I think one-day runs can help. It was the prime reason I got selected in the first place.

"It makes it a bit different that I am playing in front of most of my family, which doesn't happen that often. It is quite a nice feeling. I played a lot of club cricket here, won an All Ireland final with Malahide and have some good family memories here."

Ireland v England is live on Sky Sports 2HD at 10am

Who will win the NatWest Series?

  • England
  • Australia
  • Draw

Match Details

Date
3rd Sep 2013
Toss
England won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
The Village
Umpires
M Hawthorne, R S A Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
R P Smith
Match Referee
R S Mahanama
Reserve Umpire
L Fourie

england BATTING CARD

Batsman R
M.A. Carberry lbw Johnston 10
L.J. Wright b Murtagh 5
J.W.A. Taylor b Murtagh 25
G.S. Ballance c Wilson b Murtagh 0
E.J.G. Morgan Not out 124
R.S. Bopara Not out 101
Extras 3w, 4b, 2lb 9
Total 43.0 Overs 274 - 4
Full Batting Card

ireland BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
T.J. Murtagh 10 2 33 3
T.D. Johnston 7 0 34 1
M.C. Sorensen 4 0 24 0
G.H. Dockrell 10 0 73 0
K.J. O'Brien 4 0 41 0
P.R. Stirling 5 0 36 0
J.F. Mooney 3 0 27 0
Full Bowling Card