Recently, Kevin Pietersen was in middle of controversy for saying he isn't English but just works here. Consequences may have been harsh but since he performed and England went on to whitewash India in test series, voices against him are just enjoying the victory but for how long? as soon as England slid downwards again, KP may be in firing line again..
Similar is the case with Eoin Morgan who quit his motherland Ireland to play for England. Team is winning so everything seems fine from the outside but will British fans digest an Irishman when their team goes downhill? only time will tell but selectors have sent a strong message by appointing Morgan as captain for one off one day game against Ireland on 25th August 2011, as Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad rest before Natwest series against India.
Eoin Morgan, now 24 year old, first played for England in May 2009, is in a strange situation as he'll be leading against those he grew up with but ask the man himself and he's looking for positive out of it. he says; “It’s a huge honour and privilege to be in the position I am at the moment, for this game in particular”.
Interestingly, Morgan captained Ireland as under-19 captain against England back in 2006 and was part of Irish team during 2007 world cup versus them but now the coin has completed flipped sides!
“I wouldn’t have imagined it (would come against Ireland). It’s exciting, though. I certainly enjoy playing against Ireland and I’ve done it a number of times.
“I think it’s a huge compliment (to Ireland) and I can vouch for that.
“I played with Ireland when Ed Joyce made his debut for England, played in a World Cup for England, 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.”
England have named a very young side for this clash, including youngsters like Ben Stokes, Jonathan Bairstow, Scott Borthwick and James Taylor who all are yet to make their international debuts. Ask Morgan about lack of experience in his team for his debut as captain and he's unfazed.
“With the intensity of cricket we’ve played in the last 12 months and the cricket ahead of us, this game is a window of opportunity to give some of the senior guys a rest. There has to be an understanding,” he said.
“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.
“The side is always hungry. With our ethos in the team, we strive to win and to do it for each other. It’s why we thrive in the Test arena and what we’re looking to do in one-day cricket as well.”