Eoin Morgan will become the first Irishman to lead England if Stuart Broad fails to recover from a heel injury, having been appointed Broad’s vice-captain in Twenty20 Internationals.
Broad is expected to be fit for Saturday’s Twenty20 clash against Sri Lanka at Bristol, but the England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed that Morgan will be the man to lead England should Broad be ruled out.
Morgan has become a pivotal player in England’s limited-overs teams over the past two years and played a key role in their World Twenty20 success in the Caribbean last spring.
Paul Collingwood was in charge of the side during that tournament but England’s preference for youth going forward has seen the 35-year-old left out of England’s squads for the limited-overs leg of the Sri Lanka tour.
At the age of 24, Morgan is still very much one for the future, and he was interviewed for a leadership position over Skype during his time with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
His time in India makes him one of England’s most experienced Twenty20 players, and his knowledge of sub-continental conditions will be valuable when England attempt to defend their Twenty20 crown in Sri Lanka in September 2012.
The esteem in which he is held was made clear when he was picked ahead of Ravi Bopara for the Test series against Sri Lanka, despite delaying his return from the IPL.
Should he lead the England cricket team – either this weekend or in the future – he would be the first Irishman to do so.
Mike Denness, a Scot, captained England in 19 Tests in the 1970s, while Welshmen Tony Lewis and Cyril Walters are the other Celts to have skippered England. Cricket365