Cool Head Is Making Eoin a Smash Hit
Byline: PAUL NEWMAN reports from Guyana
AFTER their lucky escape a gainst Ireland, England, the team who oneday cricket lef t behind, rush into the second phase of the World Twenty20 with a man who is becoming the most inventive limitedovers batsman in the game.
Rush native Eoin Morgan, born and bred in Ireland and now completing his education at the international game's finishing school, will play for England in Barbados with the perfect opportunity to show the world just how brilliant he has become.
As the likes of William Porterfield, Niall O'Brien and Boyd Rankin prepare to fly home for county duties, they can only look on in envy at the opportunities in front of their former team-mate.
When England talk of Morgan's paddle strokes, they are referring to his improvisation rather than commenting on the Guyanese rain that assailed their Group D campaign.
Yet now England have survived the very real possibility of early elimination because of the weather, they will head into the Super Eights with a growing conviction they can at last make an impact in a global event. Not least the man they have recruited from Dublin via Middlesex.
Andy Flower, the England coach, is not one for hyperbole and chose his words carefully when asked to measure where Morgan stands after two pivotal innings here against West Indies and the compatriots he has left behind.
'I wouldn't want to pigeon-hole Morgan or put him in any list, but there are all sorts of things that he could achieve in his career and he's only just starting it,' said Flower, before England fled South America for Barbados.
'Whether he goes on to play Test cricket or not we don't know, but he's obviously a guy who's very good at handling pressure and has a good brain.
'Anyone who can hit the ball as cleanly as he does and plays the shots he does is very talented. It's a great combination and we're very thankful to have him.
'He's an interesting character who brings a lot to our dressing room -- as well as when he's got a bat in his hands.'
A callow Morgan did not always shine in Irish green but now captain Porterfield must rue the day his best friend left to pursue the year-round, high-profile cricket England can offer. …