England go for captain Morgan

Lions quartet included, could all make England debuts in Dublin

Last Updated: 20/08/11 12:36pm

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Eoin Morgan has been named captain of an experimental England squad to play against Ireland in Thursday's one-day international.

The Dublin-born batsman will lead England against his former team-mates having started his international career with Ireland back in 2006.

Regular one-day skipper Alastair Cook is one of several players to be rested, with the game coming hot on the heels of the conclusion of the Test series against India.

Team director Andy Flower will also be absent having been granted a well-earned rest by the England and Wales Cricket Board, with assistant coach Richard Halsall standing in for the Zimbabwean.

Fresh faces

The selectors have opted to use the one-off fixture to blood some promising talent that has impressed in action for the England Lions.

Leicestershire batsman James Taylor, Yorkshire wicketkeeper Jonathan Bairstow, as well as all-rounder Ben Stokes and leg-spinner Scott Borthwick, who both play for Durham, could all make their international debuts.

They are joined in the 13-man party by Jonathan Trott, who is fit to return after missing the last two Tests against India with a shoulder injury.

England national selector Geoff Miller said: "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.

"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."

England one-day squad to face Ireland: EJG Morgan (capt), JM Bairstow, RS Bopara, SG Borthwick, JW Dernbach, ST Finn, C Kieswetter (wkt), G Onions, SR Patel, BA Stokes, JWA Taylor, IJL Trott, CR Woakes.

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