Dubliner Eoin Morgan has taken a major step up in World Cricket, being appointed Vice Captain of the England one day Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka, which will be played in Bristol on Sunday.
With current captain Stuart Broad still recovering from a heel injury and previous skipper, Paul Collingwood dropped, it appears that the 24 year old Morgan will take the captaincy.
Morgan was an integral part of the brilliant win enjoyed by England in the last Twenty20 World Cup. With Irish cricket enjoying more success, it remains the only step for promising players seeking full test match status, to declare for England. It is something the cricket teams are trying to do but politics plays its part in this sport like no other.
To the uninitiated, throughout the cricket world, England are the team to beat from the Aussies, who love to turn over the Poms, to India, who regularly attract 50,000 plus when the Three Lions are in town. This puts Morgan on the brink of superstar status. English cricket is crying out for a new Freddie or Peterson, why not the Northside Dub.
Test Match Special last week featured Geoff Boycott praising Morgan’s mental strength and the captaincy would be just reward for this marvellous stroke player.
The left-handed Dubliner – who played internationally for Ireland until 2009, including in the 2007 Cricket World Cup – would become the first ever Irish man to captain the English team, according to the Irish Independent. He switched to play for England in 2009 after joining the Middlesex county team. Morgan also told the Daily Mail he was “chomping at the bit” after being handed the vice-captaincy. He added the game would be “would be one hell of an experience, regardless of what happens, and something I could learn a lot from.”
The batsman has previously told reporters: “From the age of 13, I wanted to play cricket for England. I’ve never felt any shame in saying this is what I wanted to do.”