England captain Eoin Morgan knows Paul Stirling from the time they shared the dressing room for Middlesex. After Stirling played a match-winning knock, Morgan was in all praise for the Irish opener. Stirling played the role of a sheet anchor as he guided Ireland to a famous seven-wicket victory over England in the third ODI, denying them a clean sweep.
It was a special knock for Paul Stirling as he notched up 142 runs off 128 balls to help Ireland clinch the match in the final over. Asked to bat, England put up a target of 329 to chase for Ireland. Stirling stood his ground from the onset of the match as he hit nine boundaries and six sixes, forging a key partnership with his captain Andrew Balbirnie, to take his side home.
Morgan said that Stirling is a dangerous opening batsman and many bowlers don’t like bowling to him. The England captain also added that Stirling is a kind of opener who can hit sixes and fours to take the match away from the opposition.
“He’s as dangerous an opening batsman as there is around the world,” he said of the 29-year-old.
“I know guys do not like bowling at him, he hits good balls for four or six and, on his day, he can take a game away from you.”
Incidentally, Morgan also scored a century in the third ODI on Tuesday, but his effort went in-vain.
Stirling was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his stellar performance as England sealed the three-ODI series 2-1.