Ireland Debut as Morgan Returns!

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There’s a certain irony or at least a coincidence that Ireland’s cricketers should play their inaugural Test match on the same day that former player Eoin Morgan should return to First Class cricket after a near three-year absence. Okay, we’ll ignore the fact that the first day got washed out!

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8204/game/1127690/middlesex-vs-gloucestershire–county-championship-division-two-2018/

It’s not been a bad return for Morgan either, making 76 against Gloucestershire in the County Championship before falling late on the first day to former Middlesex colleague Ryan Higgins. Remember that Morgan of course does have a Test hundred to his name and there are some people who think that he was ahead of his time, that he could have been a successful Test cricketer. Maybe he still could! Morgan has been an excellent captain for England in ODI and T20I cricket and has been a good player. He seems to suffer from lengthy lean spells with the bat but if the team are winning (England are currently ranked number one in ODIs) then Morgan’s returns with the bat are irrelevant.

Will any part of Eoin Morgan wish that he was turning out for Ireland today? To be honest, there’s probably a little part of everybody that wishes they were being presented with a Test cap this morning. Many thought that Tim Murtagh would play Test cricket for England. It’s been a long road but he’s a Test cricketer now.

It’ll be a proud and emotional moment for Ireland’s debutants but for every Andy Ganteaume or Rodney Redmond there’ll likely be a Bryce McGain or Mike Smith. Hopefully Ireland’s batsmen can avoid the dreaded debut duck or wicketless outing. Who knows when their next Test will be and one sub par performance may be the beginning and the end of a player’s Test career. They’ll forever be Test cricketers though, having made their Test births when some feel that the format is facing certain death.

Keep track of the score in Ireland’s first Test at home to Pakistan in Dublin at Cricinfo…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18025/game/1127284/ireland-vs-pakistan-only-test-pak-in-ire-eng-scot-2018/

Meanwhile, Guerrilla Cricket, a controversial outfit in the opinion of many, provide the radio commentary…

https://www.guerillacricket.com

Geographical XI

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Starting XI

Aaron Redmond (Because opening the batting with his dad would be cool!)

Rodney Redmond (Because opening the batting with his son would be cool and he scored a century in his only Test!)

Stuart Carlisle (Captain)

Ben France (Who was born in Brunei!)

Charles Coventry (Wicketkeeper and everybody’s favourite bespectacled one-innings wonder!)

Chris Jordan (Who went to school with Rihanna, which he much prefers people to talk about rather than his cricket!)

Dominic Cork

Anthony Ireland

Jon Holland

Joel Paris

Dwight Washington

12th Man

Ryan Austin

Remaining Squad Members

John Hampshire

Keith Dutch

George Cork (Because his dad’s in the team!)

Phil Newport

Hamilton and Wellington Masakadza but not Shingi!!!

Why their parents didn’t call him Auckland, Christchurch or Tauranga I don’t know!

I know, I know, Chris Jordan at six. Jordan, Cork and Ireland’s all-round abilities between them make them just about acceptable as a six, seven and eight trilogy.

Anymore for anymore…?