Eoin Morgan 'honoured' to captain England against Irish

One day international: Ireland v England

Venue:
Clontarf
Date:
25 August
Start:
1015 BST
Coverage:
Live on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave, 5 live Sports Extra, Radio Ulster MW and Sky Sports 1

Eoin Morgan believes his selection as England captain for Thursday's game against Ireland in his native Dublin is a "compliment" to Irish cricket.

The 24-year-old leads his adopted country for the first time in the one-day game against his former team-mates.

"It's a huge honour and privilege to be in the position I am," said Morgan.

Ireland, who have a fitness doubt over Trent Johnston, will be hoping for a repeat of their shock World Cup win over England in March.

Johnston is understood to be struggling because of a knee injury.

Morgan was absent through injury in that contest in Bangalore when Kevin O'Brien's fastest century in World Cup history helped the Irish achieve a dramatic and improbable win.

The English squad includes just one man who experienced that shock reversal - the fit-again Jonathan Trott - with all the other star names rested following the Test series whitewash over India.

The uncapped Ben Stokes, Jonathan Bairstow, Scott Borthwick and James Taylor are included while fielding coach Richard Halsall is in charge of team affairs with Andy Flower not travelling to Dublin.

Morgan has rejected suggestions that the selection betrayed complacency on England's part.

"There has to be an understanding. The cricket we've played and the level we've played it at takes a hell of a lot out of you.

"And take nothing away from the guys who are coming in.

"A lot of them have already played and the four new guys who have come in are the brightest and biggest talents in English cricket at the moment.

"No-one should be disappointed with the side we've come with."

Morgan played 23 one-day internationals for Ireland before catching the attention of the England selectors.

And while many in Ireland have bemoaned the loss of the country's most talented player, Morgan thinks his own progress should be seen in a positive light.

"I played with Ireland when Ed Joyce made his debut for England, (and he) played in a World Cup for England, (and) scored a hundred in Sydney for England.

"They were proud moments for Irish cricket. You can pride yourself on producing guys who can play at the highest level."

Bangalore hero O'Brien believes the Irish are capable of upsetting the English once more in Dublin.

"We are a team who are full of confidence and we know we can beat anyone in the world on our day," added O'Brien.

"There is a belief in this team that if we get ahead we can stay ahead and beat the big teams."

Ireland (from): William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien (wk), Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Gary Wilson, Andrew White.

England (from): Eoin Morgan (captain), Jonathan Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Scott Borthwick, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Graham Onions, Samit Patel, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes.