Eoin Morgan always wanted to play cricket for England, ever since he was a Dublin schoolboy in short trousers. But he didn’t dare to even dream that one day he would be captain.
And that’s what happened yesterday when he was named skipper of the one-day side to play Ireland in Thursday’s historic game in his native city.
But his delight — despite his dismissal against India for just one — will be as nothing compared to the dismay of enthusiasts who will pack the Clontarf ground as they study the highly-experimental England squad that Morgan will lead.
The big names are all missing. The new, substantive ODI captain Alastair Cook will not be travelling and the same goes for Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen whose 350-run partnership broke all sorts of records in the current Test at the Oval.
For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.