The England vs Ireland ODI series will mark the first ODI series after the coronavirus lockdown. It will also be a part of the recently-announced ODI Super League, meaning that it now carries a lot of significance for Ireland. Each point the Irish earn in the Super League would go a long way in ensuring their World Cup qualification.
This is the first ODI series that England will play at home after their historic World Cup triumph at Lord’s last year. They have toured New Zealand and South Africa since but haven’t played any white-ball cricket at home.
Keeping the bio-security protocols in mind, the ECB has decided to organize all three games of the series at a single venue. Although a limited number of spectators have been allowed in a couple of domestic games in England, no spectators will be allowed for the ODIs between England and Ireland.
For England, it will be an opportunity to try out their fringe players in the absence of some of their ODI regulars who have not been included in the squad, owing to England’s red-ball assignments. Eoin Morgan and Co would be making a return to white-ball cricket after five and half months following their ODI series versus South Africa.
Match details and streaming (England vs Ireland 1st ODI)
July 30: 1st ODI; Rose Bowl, Southampton
August 01: 2nd ODI; Rose Bowl, Southampton
August 04: 3rd ODI; Rose Bowl, Southampton
Time: All matches start at 6:30 pm (IST)
TV: Sony Six, Sony Six HD
Live Streaming: SonyLIV app
The weather forecast states that Southampton would be nice and sunny on Thursday with minimal chances (10%) of rain. The minimum and the maximum temperature are expected to be 18 and 25 degree Celsius respectively.
The Rose Bowl generally produces good batting wickets for white-ball cricket and it shouldn’t be any different on Thursday. The pitch is likely to offer even bounce and minimal seam movement. If there is no cloud cover, there negligible movement in the air as well.
The encounter could turn out to be a high scoring game and the captain winning the toss would probably like to field first.
Probable Playing XI:
James Vince will bat at No. 3 for England in Joe Root’s absence, while Sam Billings and Tom Banton are expected to function as finishers.
David Willey is expected to partner Saqib Mahmood with the new ball, while Tom Curran seems primed to make up the pace-bowling attack. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid will form the spin bowling duo, as usual.
Predicted XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Eoin Morgan (C), Sam Billings (WK), Tom Banton, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood,
With James McCollum opening the batting with Paul Stirling, former captain William Porterfield might slot in at No.4, much like what happened in a few games last year.
Kevin O Brien will be Ireland’s trump-card down the order at No. 6, while the experienced pace bowling duo of Boyd Rankin and Tim Murtagh will be key with the ball.
Predicted XI: Paul Stirling, James McCollum, Andrew Balbirnie (C), William Porterfield, Gary Wilson (WK), Kevin O Brien, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin
Despite the fact that England are going into this series without some of their superstars, they still look too strong for Ireland, at least on paper.
And, if the visitors are to surge ahead in the series, they would have to bank on their players pulling off something special.