Eoin Morgan, the Dublin-born batsman who will captain England in today’s RSA Challange One-Day International in Malahide, does not feel his adopted country are patronising their neighbours by fielding a weakened side in the biggest game to place on Irish soil.
The Ashes winners have been heavily criticised for sending a weakened squad for the showpiece game which will see the North Dublin venue host it’s first international match, with a capacity crowd of 10,000 expected.
But Morgan believes it’s unfair to say English cricket does not support the game in this country.
"Having played against England in an Ireland shirt I didn't feel that way at all, and having come back here and played Ireland a couple of years ago, I didn't get that feeling," he said.
Phil Simmons’ side famously defeated their near neighbours at the 2011 World Cup and the 26-year-old insists there will be no complacency within the visitors’ ranks.
"I think we have brought a strong side, a young and very talented side. Given opportunities, hopefully they will show they are world-beaters.
"It is very exciting for us to come across here and give these guys opportunities to go and flourish in a game like this. We will certainly not take Ireland for granted," Morgan added.
The Middlesex left-hander is keen to impress to further his claims of a return to the Test squad ahead of the return Ashes series in Australia from November.
He concluded: "There is no doubt I want to continue to try to break back into the Test team. It is just weight of runs and lack of form that has led me to where I am, being dropped.
"I think one-day runs can help. It was the prime reason I got selected in the first place.
"It makes it a bit different that I am playing in front of most of my family, which doesn't happen that often. It is quite a nice feeling. I played a lot of club cricket here, won an All Ireland final with Malahide and have some good family memories here."
Play gets underway this morning at 10.30am and a limited number of tickets are still available via cricketireland.ie
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