England Cricket Team begins their busiest summer season with two match ODI series against their neighbor Ireland on this Friday. This is the short series, but it has plenty of things to look about, especially on Ireland’s perspective. Also for England, this series would be a good lead up to their Champions Trophy campaign at their own yard.
England and Wales Cricket Board has announced 14-member squad for this two match ODI series which lead by their regular limited overs captain Eoin Morgan. ECB allowed wicket keeper Jos Buttler, All rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes to continue their IPL campaign with their respective teams. Captain Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings and Jason Roy who were part of the on-going IPL season joined their national squad earlier this week to play in this series.
Jason Roy and Alex Hales are in the squad to open the innings for England in this series. Sam Billings is also in the squad as a back up opening option. The brand new Test captain of England team, Joe Root will bat at no. 3 and followed their captain Morgan. On the absence of Jos Buttler, Johnny Bairstow is expected to do wicket keeper’s duty in this series and bat at middle order. Young batsman and occasional wicket keeper Ben Duckett is also in the team, he has chances to do gloves work too.
All Rounder Moeen Ali would provide left arm spin along with the leg spinner Adil Rashid. Moeen used to bat at no.7 or 8 generally, but he is expected to bat at no.6 at least on the absence of Ben Stokes. Strong pace bowling attack are named in England squad which contains bowlers like Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Jake Ball, Matt Wood and Steven Finn.
On the other side, Ireland also has announced 14-men squad for this limited overs series. The regular skipper of Ireland, William Porterfield will lead the side for one more time. Ireland team has lot of experienced players in their side including Ed Joyce, Paul Stirling, Niall O’Brien and Kevin O’Brien.
William Porterfield has a company of Ed Joyce, Andrew Balbirnie and Gary Wilson to offer a batting for the team. All Rounders Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling were sidelined recently due to injuries. Both of them are back to the squad and ready to play against England.
Niall O’Brien will handle the wicket keeper’s job behind the stumps. Bowling All rounder Andy McBrine is in the squad along side George Dockrell to offer the spin options. Ireland has mix of experienced and young talented pace bowling attack to face England in this away series.
Recent sensation of Ireland bowling Barry McCarthy is in the squad. He has company of Peter Chase, Craig Young and Tim Murtagh who bowls at good pace. All rounder Stuart Thompson who done well against Afghanistan series recently, also named in the squad.
- Eoin Morgan (Capt)
- Moeen Ali
- Jonny Bairstow (Wicket Keeper)
- Jake Ball
- Sam Billings
- Ben Duckett
- Steven Finn
- Alex Hales
- Liam Plunkett
- Adil Rashid
- Joe Root
- Jason Roy
- David Willey
- Mark Wood
- William Porterfield (Captain)
- Andy Balbirnie
- Peter Chase
- George Dockrell
- Ed Joyce
- Andy McBrine
- Barry McCarthy
- Tim Murtagh
- Kevin O’Brien
- Niall O’Brien (Wicket keeper)
- Paul Stirling
- Stuart Thompson
- Gary Wilson
- Craig Young
The first match of two match ODI series, scheduled to play on May 5 and the second match will follow on May 7.
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