Morgan pays tribute to Trott
Eoin Morgan led a fresh-faced England side to victory over his native Ireland but hailed the old man of the team for setting up the result.
At 30, Jonathan Trott was comfortably the elder statesman of a side that included three debutants and three more players with 11 caps between them.
The fit-again Warwickshire batsman produced a typically stoic innings at the top of the order, top-scoring with 69 in 105 balls and sharing in the only century stand of the match alongside Morgan.
England’s 201 for eight was enough to see them to an 11-run win after Ireland fell short of their rain-revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 129.
Trott’s reluctance to up the ante after passing 50 may provide critics of his languid style with more fuel, but with new boys James Taylor and Ben Stokes falling cheaply and wickets tumbling thereafter, Morgan was delighted to have Trott’s experience at the crease.
“It was a challenging day for us. Going on and off for the rain wasn’t easy and batting first wasn’t easy,” said Morgan, captaining his adopted country for the first time in his hometown.
“It was hard to say what was a good score on that wicket, so we’re very happy with the result.
“Trotty is invaluable to our team and has been for a couple of years, since he has been involved.
“Today he was crucial to our success and the majority of times he scores runs we win, which is fantastic. He judges the wicket really well and we take great advice from him.”
Morgan, who made 59 against his former team-mates, was also impressed with Jade Dernbach.
The Surrey seamer continued his form from the Sri Lanka one-day series to claim three wickets, including danger man Kevin O’Brien.
“Jade bowled extremely well,” said Morgan. “The wicket was difficult and it was really hard to read the slower ball. It was quite dry underneath and a bit patchy so going from 85mph to a slower ball was really hard to pick up. It’s a hell of a skill and Jade has it.
“He stepped up in the last series too, especially at Old Trafford when he finished the game off. We haven’t had someone like that for a long time and he certainly fits the bill.”
Ireland captain William Porterfield was disappointed that his side’s chase was condensed to 23 overs after the rain break, but admitted the final equation of 87 runs off 60 balls was achievable as long as Kevin O’Brien was around.
The big-hitting all-rounder memorably scored the fastest World Cup hundred in history to shock England in Bangalore and briefly threatened another upset.
He dispatched debutant Scott Borthwick for two steepling sixes in his only over, but eventually fell to Dernbach for 26 in 15 balls.
“There was frustration and disappointment, it would have been nice to get a full game in,” said Porterfield.
“Unfortunately rain played a part and to go out and go back, stop and start, was disappointing.
“But then Kevin was in and he got the spinners off fairly quickly. Another few overs of him and it would have been over fairly quickly.”
Porterfield would also have liked to get rid of his childhood team-mate Morgan cheaply but accepts his failures are less frequent now than his successes.
“It would have been nice to get him, he’s one of England’s best one-day players. He’s quality and he showed it again today,” said Porterfield.
“He’s a class act and he’s going to score runs no matter the track and against any bowling attack. It was nice to get him for 50 actually, that’s probably pretty cheap these days.”