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New-look England keen to impress against Ireland

Porterfield's side looks to build on World Cup highs, even as rain threat hangs on Dublin ODI

New-look England keen to impress against Ireland - Cricket News
James Taylor will be leading the England ODI side for the first time.
England and Ireland had not progressed beyond the group stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, but both teams now have an opportunity to put that behind them and start their preparations for the next edition of the event in 2019 in earnest in the one-off One-Day International at Malahide Cricket Club in Dublin on Friday (May 8).

It will be a new-look England side that comes on the park on that day. James Taylor will be leading the side for the first time in place of Dublin-born Eoin Morgan, who was at the helm during the World Cup. 

A lot of the big names have been being rested after the third Test against West Indies while Morgan and Ravi Bopara are missing out due to Indian Premier League commitments. Indeed, there are six uncapped players – Zafar Ansari, Sam Billings, James Vince, Lewis Gregory, David Willey and Mark Wood – included in the 13-man squad, and England's gen next will be eager to make a good first impression.

Among the ones to watch out for is explosive wicketkeeper-batsman Billings, who scored 458 runs for Kent in the 2014 Royal London One-Day Cup, including a 58-ball 135. 

Vince, Hampshire's top-order batsman, has also caught the eye at the domestic level, drawing comparisons to Michael Vaughan for his elegant batting style.

In the bowling department, Willey, Northamptonshire's seam-bowling allrounder, has been touted as an exciting prospect for the future. He was Man of the Match in the final of the 2013 domestic Twenty20 tournament and, as son of former England batsman Peter Willey, comes from a cricketing pedigree. 

England has also called up Tim Bresnan and Jonathan Bairstow. While Bresnan's last ODI was in March 2014, Bairstow, the wicketkeeper-batsman, who last played in 2012, was part of the squad that toured West Indies, but returned to England early along with Adil Rashid and Mark Wood.

Excited to be leading the side, Taylor has said the team won't ignore the World Cup disappointment but will look to learn from it. He believes the ODI against Ireland would be a fresh start.

However, Ireland is equally motivated to make a mark, after narrowly missing out on an ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final berth due to net run-rate. It notched up three wins, including against West Indies and Zimbabwe.

Ed Joyce and William Porterfield will be key for Ireland while Andrew Balbirnie, who impressed with fifties against South Africa and Zimbabwe at the World Cup, will look to build on his success. 

On the bowling front, Tim Murtagh, who missed the World Cup with a foot injury, has been ruled out of the clash against England with a hamstring tear. Ireland will hope Kevin O’Brien and Alex Cusack can step up in his place.

The match also provides Ireland a chance to improve its overall record in ODIs against England, with one win in six attempts. That victory had come during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, where Ireland had beaten a full-strength England side in Bangalore.

Ireland has come a long way since then and a win here could help it in its bid to automatic qualification for the next World Cup.

The stage is set for a mouth-watering contest, but rain could play a part. It had interrupted an ODI between the two sides in 2011, which England won by 11 runs via D/L method, and the weather forecast indicates showers on Friday. But with plenty to play for, both teams will be hoping they get a full game.


James Taylor (capt), Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Sam Billings (wk), Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn, Lewis Gregory, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, James Vince, David Willey.

Ireland (from): William Porterfield (capt), Andrew Balbirnie, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andrew McBrine, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson (wk), Craig Young.

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