England in Ireland, Only ODI, 2019

Ireland vs England - One-off ODI

Venue: The Village, Malahide, Dublin

Date & Time: 03 May 2019

England 199/6

RR: 4.73 | England beat Ireland by 4 wickets

commentary

England Team Squad -Dawid Malan,Eoin Morgan,James Vince,Joe Denly,Joe Root,David Willey,Tom Curran,Ben Duckett,Ben Foakes,Adil Rashid,Chris Jordan,Jofra Archer,Liam Plunkett

Ireland Team Squad -James McCollum,William Porterfield,Joshua Little,Kevin O'Brien,Paul Stirling,Stuart Thompson,Andy Balbirnie,Gary Wilson,Lorcan Tucker,Andy McBrine,Barry McCarthy,Boyd Rankin,George Dockrell,Tim Murtagh

Amidst all the frenzy of the ongoing Indian T20 League, international cricket returns after a break of almost a month. The month of May is occupied with a few ODI series leading up to the mega event. First up, it's England facing Ireland in Dublin for the only ODI before they get engaged against Pakistan for some stiffer competition. The touring team has chosen plenty of second string players in their squad who will be eager to prove their mettle and stake a claim in the regular playing XI for the upcoming World Cup back home. Barring Eoin Morgan and Joe Root, there isn't much experience in batting and same can be said about their bowling department as well where Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett are the only regular bowlers from the main team. But there is one name that has been in the news for quite some time - Jofra Archer. We all know about his extraordinary skills with the ball and utility with the bat and this Sussex all-rounder will surely prove to be an asset for the English team. Switching our attention to Ireland, they won't be a part of the World Cup and that shows the constant decline in their performance over the years. Although the Irish team earned the Test status, their performance in the limited version hasn't been too promising. If we consider their last four years - In 2016, they won 2 out of the 9 ODIs; In 2017, they won 6 out of the 16 ODIs; In 2018, it's 8 wins out of 13 but seven of those victories came against teams like Scotland, P.N.G. and UAE. Ireland's most recent success was drawing an ODI series against Afghanistan earlier this year but that's too little progress for a team that once used to be a potent unit among the Associates. They surely were a cut above the rest but have not succeeded in maintaining that reputation. One part of that issue can be lesser exposure with other international teams and another part can be the dearth of talent coming from their domestic set-up to replace or push the ageing stars. Anyway, they have chosen the best possible squad for the one-off assignment against their neighbouring country and their aim will be to do a Scotland over England (the Scots defeated the English team by 6 runs in a high-scoring match at Edinburgh in 2018). Will they succeed? Only time will tell.