Saturday 22 July 2017

Morgan flies home as England captain

GER SIGGINS

Dubliner Eoin Morgan will step out onto the ground at Castle Avenue as captain of England on Thursday.

The former Rush player was yesterday named as captain of a decidedly second-string looking England side for the RSA Challenge against Ireland.

Morgan, 24, played for Ireland from 2003 to 2009 before making his debut for England.

He made 23 ODI appearances for the land of his birth and 46 for England. Morgan, who has 12 Test appearances, was out for one against India yesterday after England incurred criticism for using a night watchman on Friday.

Morgan becomes the third Irishman to captain England after Tim O'Brien and Freddie Fane before the First World War. England have rested most of their big stars, including Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad.

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