The year 2023 will be one of the most happening years for international cricket. We will witness the WTC final between India and Australia and post which the Ashes will begin. However, before England participates in the Ashes, they will be hosting Ireland for a One-off Test fixture which will begin on 1st June at the most historical ground of cricket, Lord’s.
England will be coming back to international cricket after two months of break. They were on a tour to Bangladesh in the month of March last time. The top bookmakers in India have odds for this one-off Test on their platforms.
Ireland are coming to play the longest format of cricket after hosting Bangladesh for a three-match ODI series.
Not being part of the WTC final will definitely hurt the English squad but it seems like under the leadership of Ben Stokes, England has revived their performance in the red-ball format. They have completely changed their style of playing Test cricket. England has mixed their elegance of playing the Test format with aggression. Joe Root, Harry Brook, and James Anderson will be in the spotlight again because of their consecutive performance in Test cricket.
Jos Buttler has not been named in England’s Test squad against Ireland.
Predicted Lineup: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, Jack Leach
Ireland have already lost their spot in the ODI World Cup as they have lost the ODI series against Bangladesh by 0-2. However, the team management will be motivated to do good in the red-ball format of the game. Stakes are always up whenever Ireland faces England in any sport. Andrew Balbirnie will be the leading man with Harry Tector in the spotlight again
Joshua Little has been rested for the one-off Test against England.
Predicted Lineup: Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker, Harry Tector, Peter Moor, Ben White, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Andrew Balbirnie, James McCollum, Murray Commins.
England has been in ferocious form when it comes to the Test format. Their aggression has played an important in their recent success in Test cricket and the same will play an important role against Ireland. We predict that it will be a comfortable win for England in the Test fixture against Ireland.