England cricketer Eoin Morgan admits he would love to play in an All-Ireland final.
The middle-order batsman revealed that it’s Gaelic Football, and not Hurling, which really appeals, despite playing the latter as a child growing up in Ireland.
In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, teammate Steven Finn was posing questions to the 28-year-old as part of a Facebook Q&A, and first asked if his hurling past had any influence on his shot-making today.
“I probably played as much hurling as anybody up to the age of about 12, but apart from that I haven’t played a lot,” replied Morgan in response to his fans.
“Everybody asks whether it contributes to what I do in cricket. Maybe a little bit on my reverse sweep, but that is it."
"It gets blown out of proportion all the time. It’s a fantastic sport that I love watching, but again I didn’t play a great deal of it."
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Pushed further on the subject, Morgan admitted he would love to play in an All-Ireland final, but that Gaelic Football is the sport of choice amongst his family, and not hurling.
“I’d love to play in it (an All-Ireland final), but I’d rather play football than hurling. I’d give plenty (to do that),” he told his Middlesex colleague.
Gaelic Football household
"Different parts of Ireland have different alliances, because you have little pockets where counties are good at hurling, and different counties are good at football. It’s rare that you get two that are good at both, and we were always football (in the Morgan household).
"My dad still goes to every final. I would love to play in an All-Ireland final.”
Born in Dublin, the left-handed batsman made his ODI debut for Ireland in 2006 and then England in 2009. He also made his test debut the following year against Bangladesh.
Having spent his entire domestic career with Middlesex to-date, Morgan has also represented Bangalore and Kolkata in the Indian Premier League, as well as Sydney in the Big Bash.