Wednesday 25 April 2018

Another England snub as Morgan opts out of Ireland Malahide clash

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Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan

David Townsend

EOIN MORGAN has been given permission by England to miss the ODI at Malahide in May in another show of disdain towards Ireland from one of the 'major' cricketing nations.

The 28-year-old Dubliner, who was appointed England one-day captain prior to the World Cup, will be allowed to continue representing Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League rather than take part in one of the two showpiece games of the Irish season.

Not only will Morgan be absent, but England will not be asking any of their playing or coaching staff from the Test tour of the West Indies to attend on May 8, three days after returning from the Caribbean.

While that may be understandable, it still means Irish fans' first chance to watch their team at home after the World Cup will be against a shadow England team shorn of Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Steven Finn and Joe Root, as well as its captain.

"I think it's really important where I'm at in my career to refocus on the basics of what I've learnt over the last six years I've played for England," said Morgan, attempting to justify the snub on cricketing grounds.

He will be joined at Hyderabad by Kevin Pietersen and Ravi Bopara, the latter having shared a world record fifth-wicket stand of 226 with Morgan as both scored centuries in England's defeat of Ireland at Malahide in 2013.

On that occasion, Morgan, who played for Malahide as a teenager before winning 63 caps for Ireland, upset locals by suggesting that Paul Stirling should be looking to follow his path and defect to England.

He did nothing to improve his popularity yesterday by claiming he had played golf rather than follow Ireland's game against the West Indies on TV.

Irish Independent

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