The Ireland cricket board, in a latest development has revealed the squad announcement for the series finale will be delayed on grounds of injury issues. The news was confirmed by Cricket Ireland’s official Twitter handle.
Earlier, during the second ODI, Ireland were forced to sideline two players owing to injury. Seamers Barry McCarthy and Boyd Rankin both missed out due to injuries making room for the inclusion of Peter Chase and George Dockrell.
?: SQUAD DELAY
Ireland will announce their third ODI squad tomorrow morning, with overnight assessments being made on a few minor injury concerns.#BackingGreen ☘️?
— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) August 3, 2020
McCarthy’s involvement in the first ODI was cut short when he left the field just five balls into the opening over of England’s innings. Scans performed since have revealed a torn muscle in the back of his knee which will rule him out of both remaining fixtures.
Pacer Rankin meanwhile has been removed from the squad to manage a flare-up of a pre-existing back injury.
The young Curtis Campher who made his ODI debut in Royal London series however, is certain to find a spot after his exemplary performance in the series so far. Campher entered the record books by becoming the first player in the history of Men’s ODI cricket to score 50+ runs and also claim at least one wicket in both of the first two matches
With the series already secured, the final fixture of the Royal London series will be a dead rubber. However, with a new wicket in the offing for the series finale, both teams will have a chat regarding the strategies and team formations to go ahead.
From England’s point of view, despite the two wins, they have also had their weaker moments in their batting. Losing the top-order cheaply in the first ODI and the collapse of 3 middle-order wickets in a span of 6 balls in the 2nd ODI were not the excellent examples the ODI champions would like to set. Even though the British have already grabbed the 3-matches series 2-0, I doubt both the teams will take the final game lightly as there is always 10 World Cup Super league points to earn.