On one hand, it seems like England are using whatever quality talent is coming out of Ireland (like cases of Ed Joyce, Eoin Morgan and now Boyd Rankin) but on other hand, one has to admit, English cricket is very much responsible for where Irish cricket stands currently, frequently sending their national team over as well as letting their players play in county circuit and gain experience..
Today, Eoin Morgan handled himself quite well as he made his captaincy debut against his country of berth and ended up being the man of the match. Sadly, Ireland disappointed after standing head and shoulders to their famous opponents for first half of the match, electing to bowl in this day game at Dublin.
Jonathan Trott returned to international cricket since missing last two tests against India after he hurt his shoulder while fielding. He made yet another half cenuty, his 8th this year and now goes upto second in list of leading scorers. From other end, wicket keeper Craig Kieswetter was dismissed after initial flourish while debutant James Taylor looked hesitent. 21 year old Taylor is high on English selector's ratings but he needed to do better than today going forward.
Ravi Bopara and another debutant = Ben Stokes, failed to grab their opportunity too but captain Eoin Morgan wasn't throwing away his wicket. Carefuly at the start, Morgan scored a valuable half century while Chris Woakes accelerated towards the end to take visitors past 200 run mark. Nigil Jones, Paul Stirling and John Mooney bowled well for Ireland and their fielding was A class, raising hopes they may do another upset but it wasn't to be.
Home team continued to lose wickets, first to fast bowlers Steven Finn and Jade Dernbach and then part timers Ravi Bopara and Samit Patel chipped in. Due to rain, when Ireland were 42 for 2 wickets from 13 overs, target was re-evaluated to 129 from 23 overs, giving them 87 from remaining 10 overs but they couldn't do it, losing the match by 11 run margin on Duckworth lewis method.
Scorecard : England v Ireland, Dublin, 25 August 2011 :-