Ireland v England: Centurion Eoin Morgan admits nerves
Ireland v England: Eoin Morgan admits he was nervous before going on to hit 124 as the tourists won by six wickets in Malahide
Eoin Morgan admitted he was nervous before coming into bat but he freed himself of any lingering doubts to hit a record-breaking partnership of 226 with Ravi Bopara to beat Ireland by six wickets.
The Irish-born batsman smashed an unbeaten 124 off 106 with Ravi Bopara (101 off 75 balls) to guide the tourists to victory at Malahide.
A make-shift England side looked to be heading to defeat when they slipped to 48 for four chasing the hosts’ total 269 for seven, until Morgan arrived at the wicket.
After the match, Morgan said: “I was more nervous in the changing room than I was out in the middle.
“The wicket was quite challenging, a lot of what we have there we’re not used to as a side and we had a challenge with the ball and the bat.”
Morgan has been short of form throughout this season for both his county Middlesex and England.
However, the left-hander responded brilliantly under pressure in front of a packed-house to lead his adopted country to victory.
“Time in the middle as a batsman is crucial, especially with a big series (against Australia) coming up and I felt good,” added Morgan. “There was incredible support from the crowd today, it’s great to get nine to ten thousand in (the ground).”
England’s bowlers, though, looked shorn of quality in the absence of James Anderson and Stuart Broad but Boyd Rankin – another Irish-born player representing the visitors – used his height and bounce magnificently to make things uncomfortable for the minnows.
“Boyd Rankin played really well, he’s used to conditions here but he had to go full of a length here which is not easy for a man of his height,” said Morgan.
“It was tricky batting to start with when the seam on the ball was still hard, there were potentially a few nerves there with a few guys coming in.”
England will play Australia next in a five-match one-day international series that concludes the summer.