Morgan leads from front in England trial

ENGLAND captain Eoin Morgan praised an experimental one-day side after they beat Ireland on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Irish-born Morgan stood in for Alastair Cook and picked up the man-of-the-match award after guiding England home in Dublin.

Fit-again Jonathan Trott top scored with 69 as England racked up 201-8, which was enough to see Morgan’s men to an 11-run win after the hosts fell short of their rain-revised target of 129.

And Morgan, who scored 59, was happy with all the players who stepped in and dealt with the changing conditions, and singled out Trott and Jade Dernbach, who took 3-30.

He said: “I enjoyed it, it was a good day for us, a challenging one with the weather, coming on and off, but the boys held their nerve at the end.

“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.

“The guys that came in held their nerve and are certainly ones to look out for in the future.

“Jade (Dernbach) bowled extremely well, the wicket was difficult and it was really hard to read the slower ball and he mixed it up well.”